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School Accommodation

Volume 264: debated on Thursday 19 October 1995

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what assessment has been made of the space required in individual schools to teach the national curriculum. [36186]

The accommodation needed in a school to teach the national curriculum effectively depends on the way the curriculum is delivered, the size, shape and organisation of classrooms and on the teaching styles of individual teachers as much as on overall floor area.

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what assessment she has made of the effect on the delivery of the national curriculum of the proposal to abolish minimum space standards in the revised Education (School Premises) Regulations 1995. [37729]

Our aim is that decisions about the use of space in schools should be made at local level by local authorities and school governors. The Government are confident that they will take full account of the requirements of the national curriculum in making those decisions.