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Secondary Education: Curriculum

Volume 458: debated on Monday 12 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the (a) risks and (b) consequences of doing nothing to the curriculum as part of the review of the secondary curriculum. (122807)

If we do nothing to the secondary curriculum schools will not have the flexibility and space for stretching students and helping those who have fallen below the expected level in English and mathematics. We risk therefore being unable to increase the number of students who reach the age of 14 at a level which enables them to take full advantage of the increased choices we are making available in the 14-19 phase. The consequence of that will be that some young people become disengaged from learning and unable to meet their aspirations. Those young people are more likely to drop out of education and training post 16 and are less likely to succeed in later life.

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 26 February 2007, Official Report, column 1025W, on secondary education: curriculum, whether the supporting materials produced to accompany the secondary curriculum review are intended to accompany the revised National Curriculum as non-statutory guidance; whether the supporting materials will be sent to schools; and on what legal basis these materials will be sent to schools. (124856)

Supporting materials produced to accompany the secondary curriculum review are intended as guidance only and therefore non-statutory. They will available to schools via the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority website.

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 26 February 2007, Official Report, column 1025W, on secondary education: curriculum, when the Director of Curriculum at the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority visited South Africa; and how much the visit cost. (124858)

The Director of Curriculum was in South Africa from 16 February to 21 February 2007. The event was paid for by the Western Cape Education Department.

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 26 February 2007, Official Report, column 1025W, on secondary education: curriculum, how many consultation documents have been (a) requested and (b) provided by the Qualifications Curriculum Authority in (i) printed format and (ii) other formats. (124912)

The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority has so far received three requests to provide consultation documents in printed format. These have been provided. No requests have been received to provide the consultation documents in other formats.

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 26 February 2007, Official Report, column 1025W, on secondary education: curriculum, what steps the Qualifications Curriculum Authority has taken to ensure that parents respond to the secondary curriculum review. (124913)

The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority has a number of regional events planned with parents and students. It will use these to encourage parents to respond to the consultation on the secondary curriculum review. The widespread media coverage generated by the consultation launch, will mean that many parents are already aware that the consultation is taking place.