HC Deb 24 October 1968 vol 770 c1563
7. Mr. George H. Perry

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how he intends to ensure that the right of excusal is safeguarded in schools using the integrated curriculum approach to teaching.

Mr. Edward Short

I would prefer to leave this to the good sense of parents and teachers. If there are complaints from parents, I will gladly look into them.

Mr. Perry

Would my right hon. Friend agree that the rights of parents under Section 25 of the Education Act, 1944, could be in danger in schools using the integrated curriculum approach?

Mr. Short

This is a genuine problem, because where there is an integrated curriculum subject barriers are broken down. However, teachers show a great deal of good sense in this matter and I suggest that we can safely leave it to them.