British Values

What are British Values?

Please click to expand the headings below. There is a description of the value and suggestions of what schools in the Diocese may do to promote it.

How to promote British Values

Catholic school communities promote values that are both Catholic and British. By our words and actions we live out the ‘British’ values listed by the government above. However, we do much more than that, seeking to base all that we do on the teachings of Jesus Christ.

The Department For Education has also provided following examples of the actions schools could take to promote British values:

  • Include in suitable parts of the curriculum- as appropriate for the age of pupils- material on the strengths, advantages, and disadvantages of democracy, and how democracy and the law works in Britain, in contrast to other forms of government in other countries;
  • Ensure all pupils within the school have a voice that is listened to, and demonstrate how democracy works by actively promoting democratic processes such as a school council whose members are voted for by pupils;
  • Use opportunities such as general or local elections to hold mock elections to promote fundamental British values and provide pupils with the opportunity to learn how to argue and defend points of view; and
  • Consider the role of extra-curricular activity, including any run directly by pupils, in promoting fundamental British values.

Further Suggestions on how to promote British Values

  • The School Information (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2012 states that schools' websites must provide information on the 'content of the curriculum followed by the school for each subject'. When doing this they may wish to highlight times at which particular Catholic and British values are emphasised.
  • Schools may consider including a statement on their website which outlines the values they promote within a broad and balanced Catholic curriculum.
  • Schools may wish to elaborate further what a 'broad and balanced' means in their context and give more specific examples of how this is achieved in their school.

The result of promoting British Values

The Department for Education provides a list that describes the understanding and knowledge expected of pupils as a result of schools promoting fundamental British values:

  1. An understanding of how citizens can influence devision making through the democratic process;
  2. An appreciation that living under the rule of law protects individual citizens and is essential for their wellbeing and safety;
  3. An understanding that there is a separation of power between the executive and the judiciary, and that while some public bodies such as the police and the army can be held to account through Parliament, others such as the courts maintain independence;
  4. An understanding that the freedom to choose and hold other faiths and beliefs is protected in law;
  5. An acceptance that other 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; and,
  6. An understanding of the importance of identifying and combatting discrimination.

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