The DfE and Ofsted require that all maintained schools, academies and free schools: “… promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”
Incorporating this requirement into the Persona Doll approach and training programme wasn’t difficult because:
• Persona story-telling sessions provide a forum for every child to express their ideas and opinions i.e. democracy in action.
• The Persona Doll approach emphasises equality and inclusion and encourages children to respond to others with respect, empathy and sensitivity i.e. ‘British’ values.
• The Dolls promote children’s feelings of belonging, self-esteem, and pride in their own cultural and family backgrounds while respecting and valuing those of the rest of the group i.e. ‘British’ values.
• During Ofsted inspections, equality and diversity is now a ‘limiting judgement’. If equality measures are not being implemented effectively, it will be reflected in the overall inspection grades i.e. key principles underpinning the Persona Doll approach.