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Question for Department for Education

UIN HL7724, tabled on 18 April 2016

To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether children in schools are taught about the national flag, its history and development, and which way up to fly it.

Answered on

29 April 2016

The Government believes that all young people should, as part of a broad and balanced education, acquire a firm grasp of the history of the country in which they live. That is why the history curriculum for key stages 1 to 3, which has been taught in maintained schools from September 2014, sets out the core knowledge that will enable pupils to know and understand the history of Britain from its first settlers to the development of the institutions that help to define our national life today.

Schools have the freedom to teach subjects beyond the content of the national curriculum, which may include teaching about the national flag.