The Government emphasises that schools are required to ensure that key ‘British Values’ are taught in all UK schools. Actively promoting ‘British Values’ also means challenging pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British values, including ‘extremist’ views. At our school, values of tolerance and respect permeate all areas of school life, and are reinforced by our Christian values. This engenders a climate within which pupils feel safe and secure and facilitates the fulfilment of potential. Pupil voice plays an integral part in driving the school forward and school rules at different levels are seen as the foundation upon which this can be achieved. The government set out its definition of British values in the ‘Prevent Strategy’:
- The rule of law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual Respect
- Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs.