HC Deb 02 July 2003 vol 408 cc285-6W
Norman Baker

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills in which subjects animal welfare features in the National Curriculum at(a) primary and (b) secondary school level. [122663]

Mr. Stephen Twigg

Pupils in primary and secondary schools learn about animal welfare issues including understanding about the responsibility of humans to care for animals, through Citizenship education and Science. The non-statutory framework for Personal, Social and Health Education and Citizenship for primary schools was introduced in September 2000 and Citizenship became part of the statutory National Curriculum for 11 to 16-year-olds in September 2002. Guidance from QCA on teaching Citizenship includes units, "How the law protects animals—a local-to global study" and "Animals and Us", which support learning about animal welfare. The teaching of living things such as animals and plants is a central part of the curriculum framework for Science throughout Key Stages 1 to 4. Pupils are taught about living things in their environment which includes

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