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.
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'.