Promoting British values in the curriculum
- The use of assemblies and collective worship sessions to address how British values are relevant to all pupils
- We take a holistic approach rather than focusing on how to cover British values in individual subjects
- We have developed a strong school ethos which promotes British values
Expectations for pupils
The Department for Education’s (DfE’s) non-statutory guidance on promoting British values in schools outlines the understanding and knowledge expected of pupils as a result of schools meeting the standard to respect ‘fundamental British values’. These include:
- An understanding of how citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process
- An understanding that the freedom to choose and hold other faiths and beliefs is protected in law
- An understanding of the importance of identifying and combating discrimination
It also sets out actions that schools can take to promote British values.
Promoting through the curriculum
- Subject leaders should look at the DfE’s list of British values and identify opportunities in their subjects where these values can be demonstrated
- Teachers review schemes of work and highlight topics which broadly reflect these values
- English: Many books will have themes covering tolerance, mutual respect and democracy. Lessons look at how these themes are presented and how characters embody these values. Lessons explore the meaning of concepts such as liberty, democracy and tolerance
- History: Pupils analyse events in UK and world history where British values have been tested such as wars.
Embedding values throughout the school
In some subjects, like maths and science, it is more difficult to demonstrate British values. However, we take a holistic approach wherever possible when teaching British values rather than concentrating on individual subjects.
The curriculum provides many opportunities for discussing and promoting British values. They are also addressed through personal, social, and health education (PSHE).
Pupils are taught to respect other faiths and beliefs.
British values and SMSC are embedded through a broad and balanced curriculum, as well as in the school’s ethos and vision.
Approaches in school
- For example, tolerance for others’ religious beliefs reflect the school’s values of:
- Democracy is promoted through a pupil council, pupil questionnaires and a rewards system
Visits from authorities such as the police reinforce the importance of the rule of law
- The school ethos and behaviour policy revolve around ‘respect’ as a core value, and discussions and assemblies focus on what respect means and how it is shown
- Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge and experiences