In June 2014, the then secretary of state for education, Michael Gove, announced that schools would be required to promote British values from September of that year.
Department for Education guidance:
The Department for Education (DfE) has subsequently published guidance on promoting British values for both maintained and independent schools (see download below). The guidance suggests steps for schools to take to promote British values, including:
- Use teaching resources from a wide variety of sources to help pupils understand a range of faiths
- Ensure that 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)
- Include material in the curriculum which considers the strengths, advantages and disadvantages of democracy, and how democracy and the law work in Britain, in contrast to other forms of government in other countries
What are British values?
According to guidance from the DFE, the fundamental British values are:
- The rule of law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
Teaching British Values at Nether Alderley Primary School
We deliver British Values education as part of our ongoing programme of study, making relevant links - where appropriate - to the topic areas studied in class. For example, in Y5 / 6, when learning about the Ancient Greek civilisation, pupils learn about the origins of democracy and how Great Britain is a democratic society. They they apply this knowledge to our School context by considering the advantages and disadvantages of having a democratically-elected school council.
In addition to our curriculum programmes of study (indentified here), British values are also explored through a range of different workshop opportunities often delivered by external artists and educators.