Promoting British Values
Her Majesty’s Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy. These were reinforced in September 2014 in response to recent national and international events. Guidance for how schools should teach this is set out in the document
‘Promoting fundamental British values as part of SMSC in schools’ November 2014
This guidance relates specifically to the requirements to actively promote fundamental British values in schools and explains how this can be met through the general requirement in the 2002 Act. It reinforces the need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”
At St George’s we strongly believe in upholding British values through all aspects of our school provision and the following fundamental areas are central to our vision, philosophy, teaching and learning;
- the rule of law
- individual liberty
- mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith.
The list below describes the understanding and knowledge expected of our children as a result of the promotion of fundamental British values and preparation for life in the world of the 21st Century.
- an understanding of how citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process;
- an appreciation that living under the rule of law protects individual citizens and is essential for their wellbeing and safety;
- an understanding that there is a separation of power between the executive and the judiciary, and that while some public bodies such as the police and the army can be held to account through Parliament, others such as the courts maintain independence;
- an understanding that the freedom to choose and hold other faiths and beliefs is protected in law;
- an acceptance that other people having different faiths or beliefs to oneself (or having none) should be accepted and tolerated, and should not be the cause of prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour; and
- an understanding of the importance of identifying and combatting discrimination.
Please click on the link to view examples of activities which promote British values in our school.