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Schools: Animal Welfare

Volume 488: debated on Monday 2 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether his Department encourages schools to provide extra-curricular activities in the interests of promoting and educating pupils on animal welfare issues. (259535)

The new secondary curriculum has a range of opportunities for schools to teach about animal welfare. Citizenship helps young people to consider a wide range of political, social, ethical and moral issues. Pupils should also be taught about the way in which the environment and living things need protection. In personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE education), pupils learn that people and other living things have needs, and that they have responsibilities to meet them. Teachers have the freedom and flexibility to decide how to teach the curriculum and what activities best suits the needs of their learners.

To support and inspire all schools to harness the full potential of the living world as a cross-curricular teaching and learning resource, both within and beyond the school grounds the Department funds the Growing Schools programme. It focuses on farming, as well as food and environmental issues, and on ensuring pupils are given first hand, practical experience in the outdoor classroom. Through Growing Schools the Department supports the school farms network which offers support and assistance to school farms through materials and CPD.