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Teaching British Values: 2017 BERA History SIG Colloquium

Online registration has now closed. If you want to attend this event, please email for details of how to register onsite.

Since the requirement to teach ‘Fundamental British Values’ in primary and secondary schools was introduced by the UK government in November 2014, it has become one of the most intensely discussed and controversial aspects of the school curriculum and educational policy more broadly. Debate around the teaching of British values has intensified further in the wake of the decision to make schools responsible for helping to deliver the Prevent counter-terrorism strategy. In an attempt to gauge the current state of debate in this area and to discuss future challenges and opportunities, the BERA History SIG has chosen to focus on the theme of ‘Teaching British Values’ for its annual colloquium 2017. 

In particular, the colloquium aims to bring together teacher-practitioners and education policymakers interested in debates surrounding the teaching of British values in schools with historians of education working on the history of school curricula, especially the history of moral and citizenship education. More broadly, we welcome all those working in or involved with education in the UK and abroad with an interest in these issues. There will be two  keynote talks by Professor Terry Haydn (UEA)and Dr Susannah Wright (Oxford Brookes) as well as an invited panel of speakers including teachers and policymakers. 

Draft programme:

13.30 Registration; tea and coffee
13.40 Welcome
13.45 Panel Discussion
Dr Steve Hannon, Jack Watkins, Professor Peter Kallaway and Jo Taylor
15.15 Tea and Coffee break
15.30 Keynote Lectures:
Professor Terry Haydn (UEA) and Dr Susannah Wright (Oxford Brookes)
17.00 Plenary Discussion
Dr Steve Hannon, Jack Watkins and Jo Taylor
17.55 Completion of evaluation forms
18.00 Close of meeting


BERA offer a limited amount of bursaries for BERA Student Members only.

  • Bursaries are available for BERA Student Members to the value of £50 towards travel, and complimentary registration for the event.

To apply for one of these bursaries, please email with a 200 word statement on why you want to attend this event. Bursaries are offered on a first come, first served basis. Once approved you will be sent details of how to register online. Travel expenses will be reimbursed after the event in accordance with our travel policies. You must not have previously received bursary funding from BERA.