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National Curriculum

Volume 165: debated on Wednesday 17 January 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science pursuant to his answer of 8 January, Official Report, col, 487, what guidance he has issued to the National Curriculum Council about how much of a school's curriculum it should prescribe in its circulars to schools.

None. The Education Reform Act requires all maintained schools to provide a basic curriculum consisting of the national curriculum for all pupils of compulsory school age and religious education for all registered pupils at the school. Neither my right hon. Friend nor the National Curriculum Council has the power to prescribe what else is taught in schools, nor how the timetable is arranged.

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what representations he has received on circular No. 6 of October 1989 from the National Curriculum Council on the subject of the whole curriculum.

My right hon. Friend has received one representation concerning the place of religious education and worship in the whole curriculum.

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether he has any plans to change the remit of the National Curriculum Council.

My right hon. Friend has no plans to change the remit of the National Curriculum Council which is set out in section 14 (3), (5) and (6) of the Education Reform Act 1988.