Minister warns on ‘British values’

Published: Wednesday 15th October 2014 by The News Editor

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Britain must not be shy about promoting British values to stop others getting their own ideologies across, Nicky Morgan has warned.

The Education Secretary said that ideals such as democracy and tolerance must be “woven” into the curriculum.

In her first appearance before the education select committee, Ms Morgan said a “cultural change” is needed and individuals who try to promote a particular view in schools need to be removed from the system.

“There will be further attempts by those and others,” she acknowledged.

Ms Morgan told the cross-party group of MPs: “We must not be shy about talking about fundamental British values.

“If not, other people will attempt to get their ideologies across.”

Ms Morgan was giving evidence on extremism on schools the day after Ofsted published updates on five Birmingham schools declared failing in the wake of inspections as part of investigations into the alleged Trojan Horse takeover plot by hardline Muslims.

Five months after these schools were inspected, they have still not improved, the watchdog warned.

In an advice note, Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw said “very little action” has been taken to address the serious concerns raised about each school’s performance, amid slow progress in appointing new governors and senior leaders.

Ms Morgan told the committee that Ofsted’s latest findings were a “snapshot” with some of the recent visits conducted very soon after the start of the new school year.

Department for Education officials went into the schools at the beginning of this month, she said, and action is being taken to address concerns.

Published: Wednesday 15th October 2014 by The News Editor

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