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Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 1 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what new measures are proposed in response to the Ofsted report into the teaching of citizenship; (98147)

(2) if he will issue a progress report on the implementation of the recommendations of Ofsted with respect to the teaching of citizenship.

Many of the recommendations in the Ofsted report “Towards Consensus? Citizenship in secondary schools” are for schools and colleges. The DfES is considering how we can best support schools to implement these recommendations. The report recommends that the number of initial teacher training (ITT) places for citizenship is increased. We currently make available 200 ITT places per year and this compares favourably with other national curriculum subjects. In addition to this, the DfES is funding 1,200 continuing professional development places over the next two years. Ofsted will monitor progress in following up their recommendations in subsequent Ofsted reports on citizenship.