In accordance with the Department for Education and alongside our school values, we work hard to actively promote the fundamental British Values in order to ensure young people leave school prepared for life in modern Britain . The fundamental British Values are defined as:
- The Rule of Law
- Individual Liberty
- Mutual Respect
- Tolerance of Different Faiths and Beliefs.
Through our teaching of these British Values, we aim to help children become well-rounded members of the society through:
- enabling children to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence,
- enabling children to distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil and criminal law of England,
- encouraging children to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative, and to understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality of the school and to society more widely,
- enabling children to acquire a broad general knowledge of and respect for public institutions and services in England,
- furthering tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions by enabling children to acquire an appreciation for and respect for their own and other cultures,
- encouraging respect for other people,
- encouraging respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic processes, including respect for the basis on which the law is made and applied in England.
These British Values are promoted throughout our curriculum and across the whole school. They also underpin assemblies, special events and cultural celebrations. Below are some examples of how each of the British Values is promoted within our school.
We aim to promote this British Value by demonstrating how democracy works by discussion, decision-making and voting. For example:
- Encouraging children to know their views count and their opinions are important – for example, following the children’s interests for topics and activities.
- Encouraging children to make decisions together, e.g. when sharing a group toy, like a large train set.
- Encouraging children to see their role in the ‘bigger picture’, e.g. linking to part of a family, class, group, school, community etc.
- Providing opportunities for the children to vote between choices of activity, for example, choosing a theme for their role play area, choosing a book for story time or a song for song time by a show of hands.
- Providing the children an opportunity to be in and vote for the School Parliament. The School Parliament also demonstrates this value within all of their work.
The Rule of Law
We aim to promote this British Value by demonstrating a need for rules and laws help to keep us safe and happy. For example:
- Encouraging adults and children to work together to create group rules and discussing the need for rules and how they should be administered fairly, e.g. the need for rules to keep everyone safe and happy.
- Teaching children to understand their own and others’ behaviour and feelings, and the consequences.
- Working together to create an environment where actions are consistently followed through, e.g. adherence to class rules, follow-ups on discussions and other choices explored after taking a group vote.
- Encouraging and supporting children to learn how to distinguish right from wrong.
We aim to promote this British Value by individual freedoms to choose faiths, beliefs and likes/dislikes. For example:
- Providing opportunities for children to develop their self-esteem and confidence in their own abilities, e.g. by sharing achievements and successes and promoting independence.
- Encouraging children to try a range of different activities and opportunities and to discuss and select their own preferences.
- Providing activities for all children to engage in and actively challenge gender-specific tasks and activities.
- Encouraging children to develop a positive sense of themselves.
Mutual Respect and Tolerance of Different Faiths and Beliefs
We aim to promote this British Value by demonstrating respect and tolerance towards other beliefs and faiths. For example:
- Working as a group to create an environment that includes, values and promotes different faiths, cultures, views and races.
- Providing opportunities for the children to make links with the wider community, for example outings to local places, inviting family members or speakers to visit the setting or making links with a local charity.
- Encouraging children to learn about other faiths, cultures, traditions, families, communities and ways of life. We encourage the children to share their experiences and allow the children to recognise similarities and differences between themselves and others. For example, learning about festivals and special days, different types of family units, different occupations and places around the world.
- Encouraging children to learn about the world around them – both locally and further afield. For example, local trips, using books, stories, posters and videos, etc. to learn about places far away, cultural days, local events and activities and national celebrations.
The above information has been adapted from Twinkl’s ‘British Values: A Guide for Parents’.