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Fundamental British Values

Fundamental British Values

What are ‘fundamental British values’?

Schools are required to provide for the spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development of their pupils. As part of this requirement, we are expected to actively promote fundamental British values.

The government defines these as:

  • Democracy
  • The rule of law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs

 

What does this mean for my child?

Our efforts to promote fundamental British values are designed to prepare children for life in modern Britain.

Ultimately, we aim to help pupils understand:

  • The importance of combatting discrimination
  • How we can influence decision-making by taking part in democratic processes like voting and petitioning
  • Our freedom under British law to choose different faiths and beliefs
  • That the law is there to keep us safe

 

What does this look like in school?

The values are reflected throughout our school, including in our ethos, policies and assemblies.

Children also engage with the values through the curriculum, in ways that are suitable for age and context. For example, in some subjects there are opportunities to think about traditions from different cultures and religions.

Extra-curricular activities such as games teach children about the importance of rules. Pupil votes, questionnaires and councils are other ways that children can have their voices heard and learn about democracy.

Out duty to actively fundamental British values means that we always present political views to children in a balance way. We are also responsible for challenging prejudiced or extreme opinions and behaviour.

As part of this responsibility, we have put measures in place to protect children from exposure to extremist views. Please feel free to contact the school if you would more information about this.

 

Fundamental British Values

  • Democracy
  • The rule of law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs

 

Where to go for more information

Contact the school

If you have any questions or concerns about British values and what it means for your child, please do not hesitate to contact the school.

Government information

The following guidance and news article from the Department for Education (DfE) may be useful for further information:

Promoting fundamental British values as part of SMSC in schools, DfE

https://www.gov.uk/goverment/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/380595/SMCS_Guidance_Maintained_Schools.pdf

Guidance on promoting British values in schools published

https://www.gov.uk/goverment/news/guidance-on-promoting-british-values-in-schools-published