The British Values

As a British citizen we also have a set of values. The Prevent Strategy (2011) defines the fundamental British values as:

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

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Referenced

Promoting fundamental British values as part of SMSC in schools: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/380595/SMSC_Guidance_Maintained_Schools.pdf

What does this look like in school?

At Beaumont Leys School, we promote these values across all of our curriculum and in our day-to-day school life. Through our embedded SMSC and PSHE work, our broad cross-curricular approach and a school-wide ethos founded on respect, tolerance and understanding we give our students every opportunity to take ownership of their rights and responsibilities with regards to these values.

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

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