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Politics: Education

Volume 476: debated on Monday 19 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will issue guidance to (a) local education authorities, (b) governing bodies and (c) head teachers on the balanced presentation of political issues in the classroom in relation to the distribution in schools of the European Commission's booklets (i) Passport to the European Union and (ii) The EU: What's in it for me; and if he will make a statement. (206406)

This Department has not issued any guidance in relation to these two publications. Sections 406 and 407 of the Education Act 1996 set out the duty of teachers to secure balanced treatment of political issues. The Department does not endorse specific resources and it is for teachers to use their professional judgment in determining which materials to use in the classroom.