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Councils 'should be given power to monitor schools'

Councils should be given the power to intervene in troubled schools, the LGA has said. It comes as the Prime Minister said not living by British values is "not an option" and set out plans to teach all school pupils about the Magna Carta.

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Pupils to learn about Magna Carta in 'British values' push

Every child in Britain is to be taught about the Magna Carta as part of a Government drive to push British values in the wake of the controversy over Islamist influence on some Birmingham schools.

David Cameron has set out plans to teach all school pupils about the Magna Carta. Credit: Reuters

David Cameron said extremism and division is flourishing in the UK because of a "worrying" failure to promote British values and he plans to use the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta – a year from today – to reassert them in a "Magna Carta for Modern Britain."

Writing in the Mail on Sunday he said Britain’s "belief in freedom, tolerance of others, accepting personal and social responsibility, respecting and upholding the rule of law" are vital and "as British as the Union Flag, football and fish and chips."

He said it was "not an option" for anyone living in this country not to live by them.

Teachers have been told by Education Secretary Michael Gove that they must "actively promote British values".

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