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Research Associate, Nigel Newton, has been published on academic research community website 'The Conversation'

27 November 2017

SOE’s Research Associate Nigel Newton has been published on academic research community website 'The Conversation' in a recent article, ‘What Quaker schools can teach the rest of the class about equality, mutual respect and learning’.

Here are extracts from the article:

"The head of England’s schools inspectorate believes that British values, including tolerance, openness to new ideas and mutual respect, should form a central part of school education.

"Amanda Spielman, the new Ofsted chief, said the education system has a “vital role in inculcating and upholding” these values. She went on to praise one school which promotes inclusiveness, and another where a “values-focused” thought each day informs teaching.

"But the very subject of teaching values in school can be problematic. Whose values are really being taught? How will a school’s performance of this duty be measured? Others think we should step back from the question of “British” values and focus on helping children develop a “virtuous” character.

"But what happens when an entire school culture is seen by its students as promoting equality, mutual respect and inclusiveness?".

Read the full article on The Conversation.

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