Values Education and the National Curriculum in England
This chapter looks at the development of a values-based primary school in the United Kingdom in the context of the English National Curriculum. West Kidlington School is well known as one that underpinned its curriculum with values education. Its unique pedagogy is characterized by seeking to enable students to be reflective, values-led learners through explicitly introducing them to an ethical vocabulary. The model provided by West Kidlington school has influenced the development of values education in a number of countries over the last two decades. Arguably, no school develops in isolation from the influences of society and therefore this chapter focuses not only on the school’s development but on the policy context prevalent when values education was being introduced. Finally, the chapter considers what is at the heart of values education, namely its claim that it creates a culture for quality teaching, academic diligence and the holistic development of the student.
KeywordsSchool Curriculum Cultural Development Moral Development National Curriculum Moral Education
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