What does ‘British values’ mean?
Our school is committed to actively promoting British values to ensure our pupils leave us fully prepared for life in modern Britain.
The government emphasises that all schools should ensure that they teach pupils about British values. We take every opportunity to promote the fundamental British values of:
- The rule of law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
Through the promotion of these values, our school aims to ensure pupils:
- Understand the democratic process and how citizens can have a say in decision making.
- Recognise the advantages of living under the rule of law and how law is essential for a safe society.
- Understand that there is a separation of power between the executive and the judiciary and why it exists.
- Understand the reasons for accountability of institutions and why courts maintain independence.
- Know why freedom of religion protects all faiths, as well as those with no faith.
- Accept that people who hold different religious beliefs should be tolerated and not discriminated against.
- Value the importance of identifying and combatting extremism.
We promote British values both within and beyond the classroom and these values are at the heart of our ethos.
Examples of where these topics are taught across the curriculum are numerous, they include:
In science, British Values are explored through topics where different views / ethics are involved. This includes the topics of genetic modification, selective breeding, stem cell research, maintaining biodiversity, pollution and impact on society and global warming. Resilience and self-esteem are also developed through students building independent learning skills, getting answers wrong, learning how to formulate the correct response and responding to target questions.
In MFL, students learn about a range of different cultural events and are taught the value of mutual respect between cultures.
In PHRSE, British Values are explored routinely as part of the curriculum plan. For example, the Rule of Law is explored through topics such as gangs, knife crime and sexting. When there are national events such as general election students are provided with the opportunity to learn about the election process on the importance of such events for the health and wellbeing of our democracy.
In geography, the concept of democracy is addressed in the Africa and Development Units in Year 8.
In these studies pupils gain an understanding of the importance of the democratic voice in the development of a country. Geography explores our relationship with the international community, how other countries view us and how different other countries are compared to us. Similarities and differences can be observed and discussed. At GCSE Geography within the Changing Urban Environments unit students learn about the causes and consequences of social disharmony and poverty issues. Students learn about the successes of development projects. Students have the opportunity to appreciate the rule of law and the ethical issues of social segregation in less developed countries. Within lessons in geography, students’ voices are all heard and valued. Controversial views are challenged in class debate. This includes tolerating those of different faiths and beliefs, especially when studying traditions and cultures in different countries and views about migration.