British Values at Cleeve
In June 2014, the Prime Minister emphasised the important role that British values can play in education. Further, how well a school promotes such values is an aspect of Ofsted’s inspection process.
British values are promoted in much of what we do, during school collective worship and class assemblies, Religious Education and Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) sessions. British values are also integral to our vision and school values.
As well as actively promoting British values, the opposite also applies: we would actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British values, including ‘extremist’ views.
The British values we adopt are not unique to Britain. We acknowledge that they differ in no way from the values of the many countries and the cultural backgrounds represented by families at Cleeve.
What are British Values?
Ò Democracy- Britain is a democracy – this means that the people in Britain vote for the people who make the laws and decide how the country is run. If we didn’t have a democracy, just one person might be able to make all the laws and that would not be fair.
Ò The Rule of the law- In Britain we have a police force who make sure people do not do the wrong thing and break the law – this means that we are safe.
Ò Individual Liberty- In Britain, as long as we do not break the law, we can live as we choose to and have our own opinions about things.
Ò Mutual respect- We might not always agree with other people, but we try to show respect for their thoughts and feelings.
We can give respect to others and we can expect other people to show us respect.
Ò Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs- In Britain we accept that other people might have different beliefs than ours and they may believe in different religions.