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Clacton: Parent's danger fears over George's Marvellous Medicine syllabus
10:00am Tuesday 1st October 2013 in News
AN angry parent has branded a Clacton school “irresponsible” amid fears that studying a classic children’s book could put her child at risk.
Seven-year-old students at Cann Hall Primary School are currently working on a project by reading the Roald Dahl classic George’s Marvellous Medicine.
But outraged mum Mellissa Gray has hit out at the school after a homework assignment asked youngsters to compile their own concoction recipes with items from around their homes.
She said: “Children are very impressionable at this age and it seems irresponsible to me for them to put ideas like this in their heads.
“In my opinion they are too young to understand how dangerous it can be, and it makes it much worse to have them looking in their own homes for ingredients."
The homework sheet asked children to find ingredients from different rooms of the house, including the bathroom, garage and shed.
Bur Cann Hall headteacher Simon Waltham says the syllabus is designed to help the youngsters learn about safety and being responsible.
He said: “The homework is based specifically on this book and was set to help inspire creativity and in no way at all was it intended to encourage children to actually to recreate the special medicine for real.
“We are going to look at the safety, purpose and correct handling of medicines to ensure that the children understand the importance of being responsible citizens.
“We have an open door policy for parents to drop in with any concerns as we believe in working with our families.”