To promote, or not to promote fundamental British values? Teachers' standards, diversity and teacher education

Elton-Chalcraft, Sally, Lander, Vini, Revell, Lynn, Warner, Diane and Whitworth, Linda (2017) To promote, or not to promote fundamental British values? Teachers' standards, diversity and teacher education. British Educational Research Journal, 43 (1). pp. 29-48.

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1002/berj.3253

Abstract

In this article we seek to problematize the presence of the requirement within the Teachers' Standards (DfE 2012), that they “should not undermine fundamental British values” in the context of initial teacher education in England. The inclusion of this statement within the Teachers’ code of conduct has made its way from the counter-terrorism strategy, Prevent and raises questions about Britishness, values and the relationship between the State and the profession more generally. We argue that the inclusion of the phrase within a statutory document that regulates the profession is de facto a politicization of the profession by the State thereby instilling the expectation that teachers are State instruments of surveillance. The absence of any wider debate around the inclusion of the statement is also problematic as is the lack of training for pre-service and inservice teachers since it means this concept of fundamental British values is unchallenged and its insidious racialising implications are unrecognized by most teachers.

Item Type: Article
Journal / Publication Title: British Educational Research Journal
Publisher: Wiley (for British Educational Research Association)
ISSN: 1469-3518
Departments: Early Years and Primary Undergraduate Partnership QG
Depositing User: Sally Elton-Chalcraft
Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2016 10:41
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2018 09:33
URI: http://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/2400

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