Welcome to the new Independent website. We hope you enjoy it and we value your feedback. Please contact us here.


Moral angle from maths

Maths and design and technology should be used to teach moral values, according to guidance from government advisers published yesterday.

Outside the classroom, garden plots, circle time and hunger lunches can all help to promote morals. New materials advising schools on how to teach morals through every subject are to be piloted in 50 schools.

"Every subject is value-laden," says the guidance on spiritual, moral, social and cultural development from the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority. "In mathematics, for example, truth is important. Scientific developments often give rise to moral dilemmas. History and English help pupils explore issues of motivation and character."

In design and technology, ownership of the artifacts pupils make can increase their respect for property.