Government confirms how to tackle EU indoctrination in schools

THE PRESS OFFICE OF                                                           

The Lord Stoddart of Swindon (Independent Labour)                                                                                          

News Release

15th December 2016

Government confirms how to tackle EU indoctrination in schools 

In a series of written questions, the independent Labour Peer, Lord Stoddart of Swindon has been tackling the Government about the issue of children being indoctrinated in schools about the EU.  For the first time, the Government has responded in detail and even provided an outline of what to do if you think your child is not receiving balanced teaching in lessons on political subjects.

Lord Stoddart said:  “This is easily the most comprehensive answer I have received on this subject and it appears that, for the first time, the Government has taken the matter seriously.  In a post-Brexit Britain, EU propaganda will be irrelevant and our educational establishments should be focusing on our own system of Government and the key role of Parliament in rebuilding Britain as a prosperous and leading world power.”

His latest question asked the Government to confirm ‘what action they plan to take to monitor and enforce the requirement for balanced treatment in educational establishments of political issues, including the UK’s membership of the EU’.

Lord Nash, for the Government replied (12th December):  ‘All schools are required to teach about political issues in a balanced way. Sections 406 and 407 of the Education Act 1996 require maintained schools to prevent political indoctrination and ensure the balanced treatment of political issues.’

He added that:  ‘Ofsted inspectors will consider the breadth and balance of a school’s curriculum, the quality of teaching and how the school promotes pupils’ acceptance and engagement with the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance for those with different beliefs.

Lord Nash also outlined the best way for parents concerned about unbalanced teaching of political subjects, to address the issue, ‘through the school’s complaints procedure and if they are not satisfied, escalate the complaint to the Secretary of State who has powers to intervene if schools are failing to comply with legal requirements.’

The full text of Lord Stoddart’s written question and the Government’s response can be accessed via this link

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2 comments

  1. Derek ReynoldsReply

    Given Rupert Mathews previous comment on the reversal of referendums – are the governments words to be trusted?

    We have a generation or two that have been educated using metrication as the base for all measurements, though it is only required to be taught in conjunction with the Imperial system. Yet where is the evidence that this is so? The metric system is used throughout schools and news media.

    Fine words from the government, but trust them I do not.

  2. Gordon WebsterReply

    I agree Derek, and I don’t trust them either. The Clip of Cameron’s promising that the there would be no second referendum, that the result would be ours to make and would be respected is doing the round of Facebook again. It sounds to me like a Solemn Binding Contract was made by Cameron, His Government and The Palace of Westminster, and the Voter. They are trying to renege on that solemn promise Cameron made.
    That said it is good to have a definitive answer recorded in Hansard for future reference, so well done again Lord Staddart.

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