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All schools must promote 'British values', says Michael Gove
Michael Gove, the education secretary, has seized on a finding by Ofsted that a "culture of fear and intimidation" existed in some Birmingham schools by announcing that the government will require all 20,000 primary and secondary schools to "promote British values".
These values will include the primacy of British civil and criminal law, religious tolerance and opposition to gender segregation. Gove also suggested girls wearing the burqa would struggle to find their voice and must not feel silenced in the classroom.
In what is being described by ministers as a decisive shift away from moral relativism in the classroom, the education secretary took action after a landmark series of reports by the schools inspectorate into 21 Birmingham secular schools found an atmosphere of intimidation, a narrow, faith-based ideology, manipulation of staff appointments and inappropriate use of school funds.
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