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Countryside: Education

Question for Department for Education

UIN 63193, tabled on 23 June 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of teaching the Countryside Code in school.

Answered on

29 June 2020

Maintained schools are required to teach the national curriculum as part of their wider school curriculum. Details of the national curriculum subjects and content of programmes of study for each can be found at: www.gov.uk/government/collections/national-curriculum.

Academies are not required to follow the national curriculum, though they are expected to teach a curriculum that is similar in breadth and ambition, and are required by their funding agreements to teach English, mathematics, science and religious education.

While it is not a prescribed topic in the national curriculum, all state-funded schools have the flexibility within their school curriculum to teach about the Countryside Code if they choose to do so.

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