British National Party

Education and Skills written question – answered on 4th May 2004.

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Photo of Keith Vaz Keith Vaz Labour, Leicester East

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps he is taking to protect young school children from the campaigning conducted by the British National Party in schools to promote racist propaganda and racist activities.

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

There are safeguards in Sections 406 and 407 of the Education Act 1996 against the promotion and pursuit of partisan political views or activities. Governing Bodies, teachers and LEAs must take reasonable steps to offer pupils a balanced presentation of opposing views where political or controversial issues are brought to their attention. With the introduction of Citizenship education as a statutory subject, pupils have an opportunity to develop their political awareness, critical thinking and the nature of prejudice including racism. All schools have been sent guidance on citizenship education which covers teaching of sensitive and controversial issues.

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