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

Elton-Chalcraft, S., Lander, V., Revell, L., Warner, D. and Whitworth, L. (2016) To promote or not to promote fundamental British values? Teachers' standards, diversity and teacher education. British Educational Research Journal, 43 (1). pp. 29-48. ISSN 0141-1926.

[img] PDF
14651.pdf - Accepted Version
Restricted to Repository staff only until 3 November 2018.

Download (1MB)

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 unrecognised by most teachers.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1025 Teaching (Principles and practice)
Divisions: Faculty of Education > School of Teacher Education and Development
Depositing User: Mrs Lynn Revell
Date Deposited: 23 Feb 2017 17:03
Last Modified: 05 Mar 2017 05:20
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/14651

Actions (login required)

Update Item (CReaTE staff only) Update Item (CReaTE staff only)

Downloads

Downloads per month over past year

View more statistics

Share

Connect with us

Last edited: 29/06/2016 12:23:00