HC Deb 14 December 1967 vol 756 cc207-8W
Mr. Silvester

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will list the local projects on curriculum development now in operation under the auspices of the Schools Council; and indicate how many of these are directly related to problems arising from the raising of the school-leaving age.

Miss Bacon:

The Schools Council is directly concerned with the following curriculum research and development projects which are listed briefly and without indication of scale. All involve active participation by local groups of teachers in various parts of England and Wales.

In addition, there are many local projects under the auspices of Local Education Authorities which may be partly inspired by the work of the Council. Reports of some of these which are partly concerned with the raising of the school-leaving age will be included in a series of Council publications in 1968 and 1969.


Mathematics for the Young School Leaver (1).

Humanities for the Young School Leaver (1) (3).

Moral Education (1).

Co-ordination of separate subjects in humanities (1).

Arts and the adolescent (1).

Handicraft (1).

Home Economics (1).

Visual-plastic arts (1).

Linguistics and teaching of English.

English for children of non-English speaking immigrants.

English for children of West Indian immigrants.

French for ages 13–16 (1).

Russian for ages 13–16.

German for ages 13–16 (1).

Spanish for ages 13–16 (1).

Technology for secondary schools (1).

Science for secondary schools (1) (2).

Compensatory education for disadvantaged children aged 5–8.

Science for ages 8–13.

Mathematics for ages 5–13 (2).

French for ages 8–13 (2).

Russian for ages 11–13 (2).

Spanish for ages 11–13 (2).

German for ages 11–13 (2).

Classics (3).

Use of computer facilities in a secondary school.

Environmental studies.

Co-operative study of secondary school curriculum in connection with curriculum for raising school leaving age (1).

Effects of social and environmental factors on attainment at school (1).

Factors working for "industriousness" (1)

The planning of secondary school courses and explanation of their aims to pupils (1). Effects of mass media (especially television) on pupils' attitudes to schooling (1).

Effects of school disciplinary arrangements and internal organisation on pupils' attitudes to schooling (1).

Study of differences in writing abilities among 11–18 year olds.

Oral competence of 11–18 year olds.

Study of implications of social and cultural change for secondary education in Wales.


  1. (1) Projects related particularly to problems arising from the raising of the school-leaving age.
  2. (2) Projects financed wholly by the Nuffield Foundation, for which the Schools Council is providing support.
  3. (3) Projects financed partly by the Nuffield Foundation, partly from Schools Council funds.

All other projects are financed wholly from Schools Council funds.