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Literacy: Curriculum

Volume 458: debated on Monday 26 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what flexibility teachers have to offer remedial reading teaching within the mandatory elements of the national curriculum; and if he will make a statement. (127736)

The national curriculum sets out which subjects must be taught at each key stage. The knowledge, skills and understanding, and the prescribed content which must be covered, are set out in statutory programmes of study for each subject.

The national curriculum does not completely fill the school timetable at any key stage and provides teachers with the flexibility to include remedial teaching where required. This flexibility enables schools to satisfy the demands of the overarching curriculum inclusion statement which requires teachers to set suitable learning challenges for all pupils; to respond to diverse learning needs and to put in place strategies to overcome potential barriers to learning and assessment.