[Ed. – “British values.” Emphasis added.]
The unnamed school, which is a small independent school in the home counties, has been warned that its rating under the Independent Schools Standards framework would be changed from “Good”, to merely “Adequate” because of its failure to meet the new requirements.
The rules, which were introduced after the Islamist ‘Trojan Horse’ scandal to prevent radicalisation of children in Britain’s schools appears to have suffered from the law of unintended consequences as they are now being used to interfere with traditional British schools instead.
The Department for Education (DfE) says promoting “acceptance and engagement” and “tolerance and respect of all faiths and cultures” in schools that teach the state religion now means going a lot further than school trips to Mosques and Temples, which has been the case in the past. The new rules mean the state is forcing faith schools, such as Anglican, Roman Catholic and Jewish schools to invite faith leaders such as Muslim Imams alien to their own traditions to lead lessons.
The Christian Institute has written a letter to the Education Secretary on behalf of one of the schools affected. The Daily Telegraph reports the comments of deputy director Simon Calvert: …
“The Christian Institute is currently working with an independent Christian School which has been marked down by Ofsted for not promoting other faiths. Astonishingly it was told it should invite representatives of other faith groups to lead assemblies and lessons, such as an Imam”.
A spokesperson for school inspectors Ofsted said the change in rules was essential to ensure Britain’s youth left school “well prepared” for “life in modern Britain”.