§ Dr. Glyn
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how much time in the new national curriculum will be allocated for home economics; what steps he proposes to take to increase technological training in schools to equip school leavers for jobs in modern industry; arid if he will make a statement.
§ Mrs. Rumbold
The Government's consultation document on the national curriculum does not envisage that home economics will be a foundation subject in the terms of the proposed legislation. However, we expect that some elements of home economics will be taught through the foundation subjects, particularly science, technology and art. Schools will be free additionally to devote to home economics some of the time—the equivalent of about one day a week—which will not be required for foundation subjects. My right hon. Friend does not intend to prescribe in legislation how much time should be allocated to subjects within the national curriculum. The Government's proposals for a national curriculum, including the establishment of technology as a foundation subject, will ensure that all pupils receive a relevant and practical curriculum which equips them for working life.