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Countering Extremism in British Schools?The Truth about the Birmingham Trojan Horse Affair$
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John Holmwood and Therese O'Toole

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781447344131

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447344131.001.0001

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Community cohesion, schooling and Prevent

Community cohesion, schooling and Prevent

(p.65) Three Community cohesion, schooling and Prevent
Countering Extremism in British Schools?

John Holmwood

Therese O’Toole

Policy Press

This chapter evaluates how the debate on ‘British values’ and the security agenda associated with Prevent have been translated into policies for schools, and how those policies have been implemented. One of the immediate consequences of the publicity surrounding the Trojan Horse affair was that the Department for Education (DfE) reinforced the requirement on publicly funded schools in England to actively promote ‘shared values’, now called ‘fundamental British values’. The new guidance states that ‘schools should promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs’. It states further that schools should, 'enable students to acquire a broad general knowledge of and respect for public institutions and services in England'.

Keywords:   British values, security agenda, Prevent, Trojan Horse affair, Department for Education, public schools, democracy, liberty

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