This is a really useful post about #BritishValues posted by my colleague Sam Shepherd who has managed to hold his nerve for long enough to make some sense out of all of this.
Not for the first time, I’m glad I am a teacher and not a home office civil servant. Because I means I don’t have to make an effort to define stuff like British Values. I’m using the capital letters on purpose, you understand: I’m talking here about an official definition. And this, ladies and gentlemen, is what is meant by British Values:
- The rule of law
- Equality of opportunity
- Freedom of speech
- The rights of all men and women to live free from persecution of any kind.
Normally, I couldn’t care less about this kind of thing except in a pub philosophy kind of way. However, now I have to take a proper, sober interest in such things not only because of the Prevent Duty, which is troublesome at best, but also because of the new common inspection framework, which states that where I work will be assessed…
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