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British Values: How do we promote British Values at Presdales School?

Presdales School has embraced the advice offered by the Department for Education concerning British values in schools and has embedded this across all aspects of the curriculum and school life. These values are:

• The value of democracy
• The rule of law
• Individual liberty
• Mutual respect and tolerance to those of different faiths and beliefs

We aim to develop the understanding and knowledge of pupils as a result of our school promoting fundamental British values in and out of the class room. The Specified British values can be developed further:

• An understanding of how citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process
• An appreciation that living under the rule of law protects individual citizens and is essential for their wellbeing and safety
• An understanding that there is a separation of power between the executive and the judiciary, and that while some public bodies such as the police and the army can be held to account through Parliament, others such as the courts maintain independence
• An understanding that the freedom to choose and hold other faiths and beliefs is protected in law
• An acceptance that other people having different faiths or beliefs to oneself (or having none) should be accepted and tolerated, and should not be the cause of prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour
• An understanding of the importance of identifying and combatting discrimination

The aim of promoting such values is part of our determination to enable our students to grow and develop into future citizens who hold respect and tolerance at the heart of what is important to them; to accept difference with a healthy respect for the institutions and values of the country and to have high expectations of themselves in the standards and expectations they choose to work towards.

How do we promote British values both in and out of the classroom?

We have developed British values in a number of different ways within school. The principal vehicles to deliver these values are via assemblies and designated form time activities. Within lessons staff will highlight where British values when relevant. As part of the Year 8 Learn 4 Living programme students study 'British Society' and 'Human Rights'.

Within the RE department a wide range of activities connect with British values are covered by every year group to promote fundamental British values and seek to break down pre-held stereotypes and prejudices through broadening the students understanding of the different religious groups in Britain and their belief and value systems. Specific areas where British values can be explored include Year 8 who learn about a variety of different religions and apply different aspects to our own lives, in Year 9 students study the British census, looking at the changing society we live in and look at the integration of religious communities and the importance of understanding varying beliefs in order to have a society that shows tolerance and respect. Whilst in year 10 students are taught an entire unit on equality covering issues such as sexism, religious prejudice, homophobia, and racism in addition to unit on Peace and Justice covering topics such as the death penalty, law and order, the aims of punishment, and violent and nonviolent movements to tackle social injustice.