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British Values

 

 

 

British values include acceptance and engagement with;

  • Democracy

  • The rule of law ( by respecting and upholding laws)

  • Individual liberty

  • Mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs

 

Our expectation is that pupils develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain. The way we teach these skills is embedded within our curriculum and ethos. We challenge pupils, staff or parents who express opinions contrary to British values.

 

 

 Democracy

• Provide pupils with a broad general knowledge of, and promote respect for, public institutions and services
• Teach pupils how they can influence decision-making through the democratic process
• Include in the curriculum information on the advantages and disadvantages of democracy and how it works in Britain
• Encourage pupils to become involved in decision-making processes and ensure they are listened to in
school
• Hold elections for school council positions
• Hold ‘mock elections’ and debates so pupils learn how to argue and defend points of view
• Help pupils to express their views respectfully
• Teach pupils how public services operate and how they are held to account
• Model how perceived injustice can be peacefully challenged

 

Rule of Law

•Ensure school rules and expectations are clear and fair
•Help pupils to distinguish right from wrong
•Help pupils to respect the law and the basis on which it is made
•Help pupils to understand that living under the rule of law protects individuals
•Include visits from the police in the curriculum
•Teach pupils aspects of both civil and criminal law and discuss how this might differ from some religious laws
•Develop restorative justice approaches to resolve conflicts

 

 

Individual liberty

•Support pupils to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence
•Encourage pupils to take responsibility for their behaviour, as well as knowing their rights
•Model freedom of speech through pupil participation, while ensuring protection of vulnerable pupils and promoting critical analysis of evidence
•Challenge stereotypes and bias
•Implement a strong anti-bullying culture
•Follow the UNICEF rights respecting schools agenda

 

Respect and tolerance

•Promote respect for individual differences
•Help pupils to acquire an understanding of, and respect for, their own and other cultures and ways of life
•Challenge prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour
•Organise visits to places of worship
•Develop links with faith communities
•Develop critical personal thinking skills
•Discuss differences between people, such as differences of faith, ethnicity, disability, gender or sexuality and differences of family situations, such as looked-after children or young carers

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