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Citizenship: Education

Volume 478: debated on Monday 23 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) pursuant to the Answer of 10 December 2007, Official Report, column 115W, on citizenship: education, what further progress her Department has made in (a) disseminating guidance for teaching materials for use in citizenship courses in madrassahs and (b) increasing the take-up of such materials; (212961)

(2) pursuant to the Answer of 29 November 2007, Official Report, column 405W, on community relations: religion, what progress her Department has made in establishing an advisory group on citizenship education classes run by mosque schools.

In conjunction with the Department for Children, Schools and Families, a contract has been awarded to the Schools Development Support Agency (SDSA) to work with Muslim communities to review existing work and develop citizenship classes for use in mosque schools. SDSA are currently developing good practice materials to trial in a range of madrassahs across six local areas.

An advisory group for this work has been established and has met. Membership of this group includes individuals from across Muslim communities and educational professionals.