Citizenship Curriculum

Education and Skills written question – answered on 1st April 2004.

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Photo of Mr David Stewart Mr David Stewart Labour, Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans he has to increase time spent on learning about court processes in secondary schools.

Photo of Stephen Twigg Stephen Twigg Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education and Skills)

Understanding the role and operation of the criminal and civil justice system in our democracy is an important part of citizenship education, which became part of the curriculum for 11 to 16-year-olds in September 2002. Pupils learn about the work of the courts, parliament and the government in making and shaping the law. It is up to schools to arrange the allocation of time for subjects and specific elements within them. The QCA has sent detailed guidance on citizenship to all schools, which includes specific units on how to plan and cover the justice system.

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