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.
Through our provision of PSCHE and Religious Education we promote the Fundamental British Values and this demonstrates how we meet the requirements for section 78 of the Education Act 2002.
Through the provision of PSCHE and Religious Education we:
- enable our children to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence;
- enable children to distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil and criminal law of England;
- encourage children to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative, and to understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality of the school and wider society;
- enable children to acquire a broad general knowledge of and respect for public institutions and services in England;
- further tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions and enabling children to acquire an appreciation of and respect for their own and other cultures;
- encourage respect for other people;
- encourage respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic process, including respect for the basis on which the law is made and applied in England.