John David Blake is a History Consultant and Leading Practitioner with the Harris Federation, a group of more than 35 Academies across London. Prior to this, he taught History in diverse schools in Essex, Camden and Newham, serving as a head of department and as an Assistant Head. He has also written on history and education for a range of publications, including the TES.
“Fundamental British values” are now a required part of the school system, but what does this mean for schools, for teachers and for their students? Part 1 of this seminar will explore what is meant by Fundamental British values (FBV) and what knowledge and understanding teachers ought to have to be in a position to discuss these values with their students. John will lead a discussion of the value of FBV and importance of seeing these not as a jingoistic or authoritarian imposition on schools but a chance to engage students with the complexity of the modern world. Part 2 will look specifically at radicalisation and extremism and how these concerns interact with FBV, and will also consider how far teacher can or should share their own views on political issues with their students.