Friday, 13 June 2014

Tackling Extremism in Education

The greatest antidote to extremism in any community is moderation. We must not tar all Muslims with the taint of extremism. We must never forget that the vast majority of Muslims oppose extremism.

As Liberal Democrats we support, in principle, the idea of Ofsted carrying out no-notice inspections where they have legitimate concerns.

However we believe there should be tougher curriculum rules on academies and free schools. Some of these schools, while under a duty to deliver a balanced curriculum, are not under any duty to teach the national curriculum.

We need to make sure that a core body of knowledge, a core curriculum, is taught in all schools, regardless of the nameplate at the school gates.