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Ulster Scots Culture

Volume 448: debated on Monday 3 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps the Department of Education is taking to increase Ulster-Scots cultural awareness in schools in Northern Ireland. (59945)

The Department of Education has provided specific funding for the distribution of Ulster-Scots materials for primary schools, at the request of the Ulster-Scots Agency. The Department has also offered to provide similar support for post-primary materials when these are ready. Each school’s curriculum has to promote the cultural development of its pupils. The proposed revised curriculum includes the theme of Citizenship in which pupils can learn about their own cultural traditions and heritage, as well as that of others. The Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment has been asked to ensure that, in the implementation of the revised curriculum, Ulster-Scots cultural heritage is appropriately reflected in exemplars or guidance materials for schools.