An examination of imagery used to represent fundamental British values and British identity on primary school display boards

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It is observable that display boards are being applied widely by primary schools as visual representations for teaching and learning about the stated fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. This appears to be a common approach to practice by primary schools in reaction to The Prevent Strategy, a counter-terrorism educational policy that seeks to arrest the potential of young people becoming radicalised. This article presents our research which examined how the competing discourses from concepts of monocultural and multicultural British national identity are reified through the imagery on primary school display boards representing fundamental British values. We present what are the dominant and most frequently used images on primary school display boards. We present primary school teachers’ interpretations and opinions of the display board images, as being either successfully or unsuccessfully representative of fundamental British values and British identity.
LanguageEnglish
JournalLondon Review of Education
Volume17
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2019

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Keywords

  • Britishness
  • British Values
  • Monoculturalusm
  • Multiculturalism
  • British Identity

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