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Inclusive values are concerned with settings as places to ‘be’ as well as to ‘become’. A joyful education encourages learning through play, playfulness and shared humour. It encourages and celebrates satisfaction and contentment in acquiring new interests, knowledge and skills as the best way of sustaining them.

 

Settings which focus only on a narrow set of core attainments, or on the role of education in securing personal status and economic benefits, can be joyless, humourless places. This can can lead to disaffection and disengagement.

 

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