§ Mrs. Renée Short
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether he proposes to issue guidelines to appropriate local education authorities about establishing curricula for primary schools in inner city areas; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Chris Patten
The Government's White Paper "Better Schools" envisages all schools, including inner city schools, offering a curriculum which is broad, balanced, relevant and differentiated, within the framework of appropriate LEA policies. Her Majesty's Inspectorate is currently issuing a series of curriculum discussion documents which cover the age-range five to 16 and offer guidance about the design of the curriculum as a whole and in its parts, including such matters as differentiation of work to meet the range of ability to be found in schools.