Members of the Lords asked the government what plans it has to promote British values in all UK educational establishments in the next year, on Wednesday 25 June.
This was a topical question for short debate in the Lords. Introduced in October 2013, they take place on a Thursday in the Lords chamber and last for around 60 minutes. During debates, Lords are able to put their experience to good use, checking and challenging the government.
Former headteacher, Lord Storey (Liberal Democrat), requested the debate and stressed the importance of citizenship education, and the necessity that it be delivered as part of a broad and balanced national curriculum. Several members spoke about school inspections and the need for a rigorous and universal regime.
The power of education as a means of promoting integration and social cohesion was highlighted, yet many members spoke of their concerns about the difficulty of defining a set of universal 'British values'.