Question of the week – 17 Jun

The Key

How can schools promote British values?
 How can schools promote British values?

Members of our school governor service can read our answer here.

‘British values’ have been in the news lately as the Trojan horse affair has unfolded. Our article looks at the announcement that schools will be required to promote these values, explores the controversy about what they are, and includes practical suggestions on embedding values in school life.

For me, it’s interesting that the politicians we quote talk about ‘freedom’, ‘tolerance’ and ‘the rule of law’ as part of British values. Are these specific to the UK? For example, the European Commission includes all of these when it talks about Europeans’ most cherished values and principles.

Can ‘British values’ be clearly defined? If not, how can schools hope to promote them?

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