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5 December, 2007

Bar Council calls for law-related education to be firmly in the National Curriculum

The Citizenship Foundation welcomes the recently published final report of the Working Party on Entry to the Bar (led by Law Lord Neuberger), which includes calls for a stronger law component in the National Curriculum.

"The Bar Council is amongst our longest standing partners, which reflects our history, having grown out of the Law in Education project," commented Tony Breslin, Citizenship Foundation Chief Executive.

"We welcome the call to strengthen the place of law on the school timetable and the concept of a dedicated module, which we would see sited within the Citizenship curriculum.

"We are also grateful for their endorsement of our programmes. The Bar National Mock Trial Competition ... now in its seventeenth year, is among the jewels in our crown. Even so we are only scratching the surface of the demand for law-related education...

"Insecurity over funding limits our ability to extend the benefits of these programmes more widely. Therefore we welcome the report's call to extend law-related education, and hope that both private funders and the government will see this report as an endorsement of our call for adequate and sustainable investment in this critical yet over-looked area."

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