In 2014, Michael Gove announced that maintained schools in England are required to promote British Values. This means that schools must teach:
• The rule of law
• Individual liberty
• Mutual respect and tolerance of those with difference faiths and beliefs
In 2015 Sir Michael Wilshaw said any school failing to do this could be in jeopardy of falling into an Ofsted category.
WHAT ARE BRITISH VALUES?
The teaching of British Values fits into our SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural) education. We ensure that our children understand that people have different views about right and wrong but everyone who lives in England is subject to the British rule of law. We must therefore ensure pupils are able to challenge opinions and behaviours which are contrary to our British Values.
It is important that children explore how our values and traditions have been established yet at the same time recognising that we live in a diverse, multinational community. As part of our curriculum we explore the concept of British within its historical context such as the ‘gunpowder plot’ and the suffragettes.
We promote discussion to deepen pupils understanding that there are values which are shared, understand what is distinctly British and how these traditions have evolved. It is important that we celebrate British values but understand that society is changing and evolving.