The department for education describe British Values as being:
- the rule of law
- individual liberty
- mutual respect and tolerance
We support the latest Ofsted framework which says that schools should ensure that they ‘promote tolerance of and respect for people of all faiths (or those of no faith), cultures and lifestyles; and support and help, through their words, actions and influence within the school and more widely in the community, to prepare children and young people positively for life in modern Britain’.
At Loughton School, we promote these fundamental British values through throughout everyday school life. In particular, our promotion of the school’s ethos and vision statement which guide our behaviour and thinking; spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding and our assemblies is where these values are routinely and explicitly taught. Additionally, they are taught both in stand-alone lessons and are interwoven within our immersive curriculum, including wider opportunities, which gives children real and meaningful opportunities to explore these values.
As a result, our children will develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life as valuable and fully rounded members of society who treat others with respect and tolerance, regardless of background.
- Provides pupils with a broad general knowledge of, and promote respect for, public institutions and services.
- Teaches pupils how they can influence decision-making through the democratic process, which is used to vote for student voice representatives and for decisions about class treats amongst other things.
- Teaches the advantages and disadvantages of democracy and how it works in Britain.
- Encourages pupils to become involved in decision-making processes and ensure they are listened to in school.
- Holds ‘mock elections’ so pupils learn how to argue and defend points of view.
- Helps pupils to express their views.
- Teaches pupils how public services operate and how they are held to account.
- Models how perceived injustice can be peacefully challenged.
Rule of Law
- Ensures that school rules and expectations are clear and fair.
- Helps pupils to distinguish right from wrong.
- Helps pupils to respect the law and the basis on which it is made.
- Helps pupils to understand that living under the rule of law protects individuals.
- Includes visits from the police.
- Teaches pupils aspects of both civil and criminal law and discuss how this might differ from some religious laws.
- Develops restorative justice approaches to resolve conflicts.
- Supports pupils to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence.
- Encourages pupils to take responsibility for their behaviour, as well as knowing their rights.
- Models freedom of speech through pupil participation, ensuring protection of vulnerable pupils and promoting critical analysis of evidence.
- Challenges stereotypes.
- Implements a strong anti-bullying culture.
Respect and tolerance
- Promotes respect for individual differences and discusses differences between people.
- Helps pupils to acquire an understanding of, and respect for, their own and other cultures and ways of life.
- Challenges prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour.
- Organises visits to places of worship and educational workshops about religion by people from that belief.
- Develops links with faith communities.
- Develops critical personal thinking skills.