The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values were reiterated in 2014 with the DfE reinforcing 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.”
We aim to ensure that children become valuable and fully rounded members of society who treat others with respect and tolerance, regardless of background. We want children to understand the importance of respect and leave school fully prepared for life in modern Britain.
Through assemblies and the curriculum pupils gain:
- an understanding of how citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process
- an understanding that the freedom to hold other faiths and beliefs is protected in law
- an acceptance that 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
- an understanding of the importance of identifying and combatting discrimination
Our school vision is:
Being kind to ourselves, each other and our world.
At its heart is a serious message about tolerance for all those of different faiths and beliefs, as well as teaching about respect.
Our behaviour policy and the strong message of kindness is linked to the idea of mutual respect.
Our RE curriculum teaches about faiths – those common to people in the locality and those that are different.
Our Enquiry curriculum has links to British Values each term.