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 by the Prime Minister this year.

What are British values and how are they used in the setting?

British Values are a set of five values introduced to keep children safe and promote their welfare.

  • Democracy: 
    making decisions together and listening to children’s and parent’s voices. For example: parent questionnaires are completed termly. Children are given opportunities to make decisions about choice of activities and resources they play with and giving opportunities to develop enquiring minds in an atmosphere where questions are valued.
  • Rule of law:
    understanding that rules matter, as cited in Personal Social and Emotional Development. We consistently reinforce our high expectations of children. Children are taught the value and reasons behind our expectations (rules), that they are there to protect us, that everyone has a responsibility and the consequences when rules are broken.
  • Individual liberty:
    freedom for all, for example reflecting on their differences and understanding that we are free to have different opinions. Children are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. We provide boundaries for young children to make choices safely, through our provision of a safe enabling environment and effective teaching.
  • Mutual respect:
    treat others as you want to be treated. Children gain respect through interaction with caring adults who show and value their individual personalities. Positive, caring and polite behaviour will be encouraged and praised at all times in an environment where children learn to respect themselves, other people and their surroundings.
  • Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:
    we aim to enhance children’s understanding of different faiths and beliefs by participating in a range of celebrations throughout the year. Children have the opportunity to dress-up in clothes and try foods from other cultures and we encourage parents and carers to participate and support.