HC Deb 05 February 1996 vol 271 c73W
Mrs. Anne Campbell

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what plans she has for consulting the teaching profession before the moratorium on curriculum changes ends on the effect which the increasing use of information technology, both in school and in the home, will have on the national curriculum and assessment methods. [13558]

Mr. Robin Squire

None. There was widespread consultation about technology during Sir Ron Dealing's review of the national curriculum. One outcome was that information technology became a national curriculum subject on its own; this was generally welcomed. The School Curriculum and Assessment Authority has a programme for monitoring the implementation of the revised national curriculum subject orders, including IT, during the moratorium period. It will consider, in the light of evidence received as part of this monitoring programme, whether there is a need for further review when the moratorium expires.