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  • 11 June 2014, 0:28

Cameron Sets Out 'British Values' For Schools

David Cameron has set out the values he believes should be taught in British schools in the wake of allegations of a "Trojan Horse" extremism plot.

Following a damning Ofsted investigation in Birmingham, which saw five schools placed in special measures, Education Secretary Michael Gove said all schools would in future be required to promote "British values".

And speaking during a visit to Sweden, the PM said he believed the proposal would win widespread support.

Asked which values he would like to see taught in schools, he said: "I would say freedom, tolerance, respect for the rule of law, belief in personal and social responsibility and respect for British institutions.

"Those are the sorts of things I would hope would be inculcated into the curriculum in any school in Britain, whether it was a private school, state school, faith-based school, free school, academy or anything else.

"I think what Michael Gove has said is important and I think it will have the overwhelming support of everyone, including people who have come to settle in Britain and make their home in Britain."

The Ofsted inspections carried out after claims of a takeover plot by hardline Muslims found that a "culture of fear and intimidation" had developed in some Birmingham schools and, in several, governors exerted "inappropriate influence" over how they are being run.

Speaking in the House of Commons on Monday, Mr Gove blamed "a failure in the past" to address concerns about extremism.

He added: "We will put the promotion of British values at the heart of what every school has to deliver for children."

Mr Gove also put forward plans for snap Ofsted checks, which are set to face opposition from headteachers.

Ofsted chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshawhas said he called for unannounced inspections when he first took up his post and indicated the proposal had been blocked by Mr Gove, because of concerns from school leaders.

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