§ Mr. Gwilym Jones
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he has considered the representations on the proposals for art and music in the national curriculum; and if he will make a statement.
§ Sir Wyn Roberts
My right hon. Friend issued for consultation last August proposals for music and art in the national curriculum. The consultation period ended on 1 November last year. He has considered very carefully the representations which he has received and, in particular, the views of the Curriculum Council for Wales which has a statutory duty to advise him on matters relating to the national curriculum in Wales.
In the light of the council's advice and the representations he has received, he has published today for consultation draft orders with associated documents setting out attainment targets and programme of study for art and music in the nation curriculum for pupils aged five to 14, as he is required to do by section 21(3) of the Education Reform Act 1988. Copies will be placed in the Library of the House.
The period for consultation on the draft orders will end on 9 March. My right hon. Friend intends to make the final orders in April 1992 in good time for schools to begin teaching national curriculum art and music to pupils aged20W
five, seven and 11 from the following autumn. The draft orders apply to Wales. My right hon. Friend has already published draft orders for England on 27 January.
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