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Curriculum: Media

Question for Department for Education

UIN 183073, tabled on 19 April 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of adding media literacy to the school curriculum in England.

Answered on

28 April 2021

All state-funded schools are required to offer a broad and balanced curriculum which promotes pupils’ spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development, and prepares them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life.

The National Curriculum, which focuses on the key knowledge that schools should teach, enables children to acquire a secure understanding of core concepts and provide them with the understanding they need to participate fully in society.

Media literacy can be taught through the compulsory computing and citizenship curriculum and in the statutory relationships and health education curriculum.