In 2014, the Government created five British Values to support pupils in dealing with modern British life beyond school. They go a long way to upholding fundamental principles to ensure safe, secure and cohesive communities as well as a preventative measure against radicalism and extremism.
British values were first introduced in schools and early years settings in 2014 when the Department for Education (DfE) published its British values guidance, stating the purpose as: ‘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, mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs.’ The guidance states that all independent and state-maintained schools have a duty to promote British values.
The five British Values are:
At THOA, these values are taught through our PSHE and Citizenship curriculum as well as our Religion, Philosophy and Ethic curriculum . These can be found on the Curriculum section of the website.
In addition to this, there are opportunities for democracy through the school council in which form group representatives are voted in by peers. The consequences of rule law is also promoted through out behaviour, rewards and consequences system. We teach pupil to be responsible for their behaviour and accountable for their actions which promotes individual liberty and accountability. Mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths, cultures and beliefs is predominantly taught through out Religion, Philosophy and Ethics curriculum.