INTERVIEW FOR NEWS FEATURE ON RUSSIA TODAY ABOUT THE OFFICIAL MULTI-CULTURALIST POLICY IN ENGLISH SCHOOLS TO TEACH BRITISHNESS
Early on Thursday, 20th November, I was quietly fuming to myself about the article which had appeared in the papers about a primary school in Lincolnshire being marked down by Ofsted for being too English. The phone then rang and I was invited to come to Russia Today’s studios at Millbank Tower to be on this News to talk about it. Naturally I was happy to do so and the YouTube of my interview is below. Before you look at that interview though do read the article:-
Rural school is denied top grade by Ofsted inspectors because it's 'too English' and not diverse enoughA high-performing primary school has missed out on Ofsted’s top grade after being judged too English.
Pupils at the rural primary lacked ‘first-hand experience of the diverse make-up of modern British society’, declared the watchdog.
However, around 97 per cent of the population in the town to which the school belongs are white.
Ofsted refused it an ‘outstanding’ rating and graded it ‘good’ instead.
It said the school was failing to do enough to ensure pupils understand the ‘cultural diversity of modern British society’ and experience ‘first-hand interaction with counterparts from different backgrounds’.
But parents complained Middle Rasen Primary in Market Rasen was being punished for factors outside its control and had effectively been told it was ‘too English’.
The row is the latest controversy over new rules on teaching ‘British values’ introduced in the wake of the Trojan Horse scandal, in which Muslim extremists tried to infiltrate schools in Birmingham.
Schools are required to ‘actively promote’ British values such as democracy, tolerance, mutual respect, individual liberty and the rule of law.
However the rules – and Ofsted’s enforcement of them – have brought criticism from some schools and faith groups. A Christian school in Reading says it was warned it could face closure for failing to invite imams and other religious leaders to take assemblies.
In another case, a Roman Catholic school in East Anglia was marked down for failing to do enough to ‘teach students about the dangers of extremism and radicalisation’, although the report was later withdrawn.
The 104-pupil Middle Rasen Primary, in the town of Market Rasen on the edge of the Lincolnshire wolds, was inspected last month.
Ofsted praised it for high standards of teaching and leadership and the courteous and enthusiastic behaviour of pupils. But the inspector said: ‘The large majority of pupils are White British. Very few are from other ethnic groups, and currently no pupils speak English as an additional language.’
It said the school should ‘extend pupils’ understanding of the cultural diversity of modern British society by creating opportunities for them to have first-hand interaction with their counterparts from different backgrounds’.
Yesterday parents attacked the Ofsted decision. Mother-of-two Kirsty Egen, 29, said: ‘I think it’s ridiculous. It’s a brilliant school.
‘Why would the school spend time on trying to teach the children how to integrate with people who aren’t even there? It seems very vindictive to just mark them down for something they cannot change.’
Jodie Miller, 35, whose daughter Dylann, six, attends the school added: ‘We are a small rural community, there just aren’t many children here from different backgrounds.’
Julia Weeks, 47, who has a son of ten at the school, said: ‘To mark a school down for something they cannot control is crackers. If there were more people from ethnic minorities around then maybe you could have a complaint, but there just aren’t.’ Father-of-one Benjamin Bannan, 33, added: ‘It’s outrageous that a British school can he punished for being too British.’
Head teacher Melonie Brunton said the school was now looking to partner with an inner-city school in an effort to comply with Ofsted’s recommendation.
‘Ofsted are very keen on British values,’ she said. ‘We were very pleased to have got the very positive comments. We are a rural Lincolnshire school and that is always going to be an issue.’
Ofsted said: ‘We judged this school to be good across all areas, including teaching quality and pupils’ behaviour. All schools must teach pupils about fundamental British values.’
Father-of-one Benjamin Bannan, 33, added: 'Its outrageous that a British school can be punished for being too British. It just doesn't make sense at all.
'We would welcome people from different cultures with open arms I'm sure - but there just aren't any ethnic minorities around here.'
Ms Brunton said the school would look to look to partner with an inner-city school to develop their understanding of multicultural issues.
She said: 'We would have liked to be 'outstanding' but we were very pleased to have got the very positive comments.
'We all worked really hard - everybody, the staff and the pupils have worked hard.
'I think the problem is that we are a rural Lincolnshire school and that is always going to be an issue. I agree that we could do more and we are trying to get a partnership with an inner city school.'
The head said school trips usually involve visits to the countryside, such as farms and zoos.
But they recently had a trip to Derby, which included a mosque visit as well as touring the Rolls-Royce factory.
She added: 'We try to do things but not enough. I felt the Ofsted comments were a backlash against the Birmingham Trojan Horse issue and Ofsted are very keen on British values.'
Reverend Charles Patrick, who was head of the governors at the time of the report, added: 'There is always more that you can do and maybe now we look at twinning the school with ones from other minority areas or something like that.
'But this is a rural area, like 80 per cent of the country, we don't have many non white residents. Perhaps it would be a different matter if we were in the middle of London or Manchester or something.'
Tory MP for Gainsborough Sir Edward Leigh said: 'This is political correctness gone mad.
'Middle Rasen Primary School is an outstanding school by any standards, and Melonie Brunton is a brilliant headteacher - I back the school and its head one-hundred percent.
'Just last week I wrote to Nicky Morgan, the Education Secretary, objecting strenuously to the new so-called 'equality' regulations she is implementing in schools.
'Conservatives have always stood for freeing our schools from the deadening hand of state-enforced orthodoxy.
'Why there has been such a massive U-turn under Nicky Morgan is inexplicable to me.
'Multiculturalism is an irrelevance in Lincolnshire with its low number of ethnic minorities, who are already welcomed and well-integrated into our local communities, as they should be.'
A spokesman for Ofsted reiterated that it was not the only factor in depriving the school of its 'outstanding' rating.
He said: 'We judged this school to be good across all areas including leadership and management, teaching quality, and pupils' behaviour and safety.
'All schools must teach pupils about fundamental British values including mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
'That way they will be prepared for the future wherever they go.'
Click here for the original of the article >>> Middle Rasen Primary School denied top grade by Ofsted as it's 'too English' | Daily Mail Online
Now here is the link to my interview with Russia Today – click here >>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6MSh487lKQ
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