Schools should not shy away from British values

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Education secretary Nicky Morgan has told MPs that schools should not shy away from promoting "fundamental British values" to their pupils, the BBC reports.

She told the Commons education committee that people with "different ideologies" would otherwise get theirs across, and described the Trojan Horse affair attempt to inculcate pupils with a hard-line Islamist ideology as "concerted and co-ordinated".

She said: "What this has shown is that we must not be shy about talking about fundamental British values. Schools should promote values such as mutual respect and equality between girls and boys, and ideals such as democracy and tolerance must be woven into the curriculum."

Ms Morgan said academies were required to teach British values as part of their funding agreements and that she would be publishing non-statutory guidance on the matter for local authority maintained schools.

Ms Morgan said a cultural change was needed and individuals who try to promote a particular view in schools needed to be removed from the system.

The committee also picked up on aspects of the reports which said some staff were still teaching classes for which they were not qualified and that there had been little improvement to the unbalanced curriculum in the schools.

In the wake of the affair last July, former education secretary, Michael Gove, said he would consult on whether schools should be required to actively promote British values, rather than simply respect them.

 

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