Schools are required to provide for the spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development of their pupils. As part of this requirement, schools are expected to actively promote fundamental British values.
The government defines these as:
The rule of law
Mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs
How British values are embedded in different curriculum subjects
LHEA 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
How teaching about British values will be adopted for the age/maturity of pupils
LHEA 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 the pupils.
Pupil councils and other forms of democracy in action
LHEA use opportunities such as All School surveys to promote fundamental British values and provide pupils with the opportunity to learn how to influence change within the school environment.
Will my child still be able to express his/her faith at school?
Absolutely. One of the fundamental British values is respect and tolerance of people with different faiths. British law protects people’s freedom to hold their own beliefs.
Any prejudice or discrimination towards pupils on the basis of their faith goes against the fundamental British values and will not be tolerated.
How will this affect my child’s lessons?
The curriculum provides lots of opportunities to look at fundamental British values. Your child may already have some experience of this in lessons such as religious education (RE) and personal, social and health education (PSHE).
Schools should look out for these opportunities and encourage children to think about how the values link into the topics they are studying.
Will there be major changes to the school’s ethos?
Our school’s ethos already includes many aspects of the government’s fundamental British values.
Promoting fundamental British values will reinforce, not change, our current ethos.