HC Deb 22 December 1983 vol 51 c405W
Mr. William Ross

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which subjects are to be part of the core curriculum in secondary intermediate schools; and what percentage of pupils in each board area take the subjects in the controlled and maintained sectors, respectively.

Mr. Scott

There is no prescribed core curriculum although religious education is compulsory. In practice, during their first three years, all pupils in secondary intermediate schools follow a wide curriculum which includes English, mathematics, science, geography, history, religious education, physical education and a range of creative and aesthetic subjects; the majority also study a language other than English. In fourth and fifth forms there tends to be a considerable measure of curricular differentiation. Percentages of pupils studying particular subjects are not available in the forms requested.