Horticulture: Curriculum

Department for Education written question – answered on 17th September 2018.

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Photo of Baroness Fookes Baroness Fookes Deputy Chairman of Committees, Deputy Speaker (Lords)

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether Ofsted has raised any concerns about the delivery and quality of the horticultural element of the National Curriculum since it was included in the Curriculum.

Photo of Lord Agnew of Oulton Lord Agnew of Oulton The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

Horticulture is not explicitly referenced in the national curriculum for science or geography. Programmes of study do include the expectation that pupils are taught about plants including trees, their structure, how they reproduce and grow, how they are named and classified, photosynthesis, cell biology, the importance of selective breeding in agriculture, and how human processes interact to influence and change landscapes, environments and the climate.

Ofsted has not raised any specific concerns about the delivery or quality of these topics.

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