Welcome to Weekender! This week we look into an idea which has popping up in the British headlines: "core British values'.
Government ministers have announced that they may add 'British Values' to the list of compulsory lessons that secondary school students in England are taught.
But what are 'core British values'? We hear answers from a variety of people who all live in England.
You can download the programme script and an mp3 version at the bottom of this page.
As you listen, try to answer the following questions:
1. Did most people understand what is meant by 'core British values'?
2. The idea for these new lessons came about as a response to a specific event. What was that event?
And here's a task for you to complete as you listen, if you have time:
Try to make a list of all the core values you hear during the programme, e.g. 'respect'
Vocabulary from the programme
something that you must do, a strict requirement
It is compulsory for children to go to school.
to formally look at the idea to find out whether any changes need to be made
basic and very important
Respect for other people is intrinsic to a peaceful society.
a cohesive society
a society which is made up of different types of people but they live together in a united way, getting along well
each persons duty to help take care of the society they live in
the old buildings, monuments and traditions that are associated with a particular place, country or culture
freedom of speech
the right to express yourself without fear, although taking into account the rights of other people
someone who has good manners and is careful not to upset other people's feelings is polite
Programme script (pdf - 21k)
Download this programme (mp3 - 3 mb)
Read more about adding core British values to the school curriculum
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