Education written question – answered on 4th July 2012.

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Photo of Anne Marie Morris Anne Marie Morris Conservative, Newton Abbot

To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether primary legislation would be required to reclassify subjects and areas of learning on the national curriculum to become statutory parts of the basic curriculum.

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

Primary legislation would not be required either to remove subjects from the national curriculum, or to add requirements to the basic curriculum. The Education Act 2002 enables orders to be made by the Secretary of State for Education which either amend provisions relating to the national curriculum or add requirements to the basic curriculum.

We announced on 11 June that we do not intend to move any subjects or areas of learning from the national curriculum to the basic curriculum at primary level. We will make a further announcement in relation to the secondary curriculum in due course.

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