OFSTED, History and British culture

The new OFSTED handbook which asks inspectors to focus on pupils’ cultural development sets out what they are looking for. Big implications for history, as you can see

The cultural development of pupils is shown by their:
 understanding and appreciation of the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage and that of others
 understanding and appreciation of the range of different cultures within school and further afield as an essential element of their preparation for life in modern Britain
 knowledge of Britain’s democratic parliamentary system and its central role in shaping our history and values, and in continuing to develop Britain
 willingness to participate in and respond positively to artistic, sporting and cultural opportunities
 interest in exploring, improving understanding of and showing respect for different faiths and cultural diversity, and the extent to which they understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity, as shown by their tolerance and attitudes towards different religious, ethnic and socio-economic groups in the local, national and global communities.

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