In accordance with The Department for Education we aim to actively promote British Values in schools to ensure young people leave school prepared for life in modern Britain. Pupils are encouraged to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance and understand that while different people may hold different views about what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, all people living in England are subject to its law.
The DfE have recently reinforced the need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.” The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values have been reiterated this year (2014). At the heart of our work are our school values. At Malmesbury School these values are reinforced regularly through assemblies, all faculties and specifically in the curriculum of iLearn, History and Religious Studies. The house system is used to reinforce the promotion of these values.
The five key values are:
- rule of law
- individual liberty
- mutual respect
- tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs