Promoting British Values at St. Alban’s Church of England Primary School
The DfE has 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 St. Alban’s, we ensure that the fundamental British Values are introduced, discussed and lived out through the ethos and work of the school. A variety of curriculum areas provide vehicles for furthering understanding of these concepts and in particular, our RE and PSHE lessons provide excellent opportunities to deepen and develop understanding. Children embrace these concepts with enthusiasm and demonstrate a good understanding of their application to their own lives.
The School makes considerable efforts to ensure children have exposure to a wide experience beyond their local community during which these concepts are shown, through for example, sporting events, a range of visits and the use of outdoor education centres. Their strong rooted values-based understanding gives them an excellent platform for embracing difference.