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GOVERNMENT RAPPED OVER 'EU PROPAGANDA' IN SCHOOLS

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Lord Beloff claimed in the house of lords last night that the document, the European Pack, and the report on the Br...
Lord Beloff claimed in the house of lords last night that the document, the European Pack, and the report on the British

presidency of the European Union, sent to all schools gave a 'wholly biased opinion in favour of the alleged merits of the EU'. He asked whether it would not be fairer on teachers to balance that by

giving them other, less-favourable information.

He wanted to know what steps were being taken to enforce section 407 of the Education Act 1966, which imposes a duty to secure balanced treatment of political issues.

Education minister Baroness Blackstone said government expected education authorities, governing bodies and head teachers were aware of their duties, with the help of circulars and guidance issued

regularly by the department of education and employment. Anyone believing that a school or a local education authority was not complying with that duty could complain to the governing body or LEA

and, ultimately, if not satisfied with the outcome, to the secretary of Sstate.

She added: 'The Presidency Pack, which was distributed to schools, was done entirely at the request of head teachers. It is a factual pack and was produced in order to bring up to date material which was

circulated to schools in the early 1990s under the previous government. Of course, it is for teachers to provide a properly unbiased approach to any controversial subject'.

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