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Institute of Education: Finance

Volume 473: debated on Monday 17 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 26 February 2008, Official Report, columns 8541-2W, on Institute of Education: finance, what assessment he has made of the recent report of the Institute on the teaching of patriotism in schools; what plans he has to review the level of funding to the Institute; and if he will make a statement. (194149)

The Department noted the findings of the recent report on the teaching of patriotism in schools by the Institute of Education. We believe that the engagement of young people in society and their understanding of what it is to be a citizen is central to creating a diverse but cohesive country. There are opportunities within the revised citizenship programmes of study for secondary schools for pupils to explore what it means to be British as part of a wider discussion of their identities, and the values associated with them.

The Department has no current plans to review the level of funding to the Institute of Education.