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Academies: Curriculum

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 9 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families for what reasons his Department has decided to require academies to follow the national curriculum programmes of study in English, maths and IT; and if he will make a statement. (155983)

The Secretary of State announced on 10 July 2007 that future academies will be required to follow the national curriculum programmes of study in English, maths and ICT. This is different to the previous model whereby academies had to teach English, maths, science and ICT to all pupils and the curriculum had to be broad and balanced. The change was made because the national curriculum as a whole has been made more flexible to accommodate the kind of innovation that academies have enjoyed.