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NGA's position statement on curriculum

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While the headteacher is responsible for ensuring effective teaching and learning on a day to day basis, the governing board has a key role in ensuring that the school’s curriculum offer is broad and balanced and as far as possible meets the needs of all the young people in the school whether that is an academic or vocational offer.

Governors should also ensure that due emphasis is placed on the responsibility for providing social, moral, spiritual and cultural education so that young people both have the academic wherewithal for life after school but the more general knowledge and skills to participate.

Relationships and Sex Education

The NGA thinks that Personal, Social and Health Education including (age appropriate) Relationships and Sex Education should be statutory in all schools.

Collective Worship

NGA’s view is that the requirement for a daily act of Collective Worship should be abolished for schools which do not have a religious character. Worship implies belief in a particular faith - if the ‘act of worship’ is not in your faith then it is meaningless as an act of worship.

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