We promote British values through our spiritual, moral, social and cultural education programmes. Our academy curricula supports the development of the whole child, and we recognise that such development is most successful when those values and attitudes are promoted by all staff and provide a model of behaviour for our pupils.

We are committed to educating our children and young people in their engagement and acceptance with the fundamental British values, and we aim to support them in developing and demonstrating skills and attitudes that will allow them to fully participate and positively contribute to life in modern Britain.

Key British values

  • Democracy
  • The rule of law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs

What our students are expected to gain

  • An understanding of how citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process.
  • An appreciation that living under the rule of law protects individual citizens and is essential for their wellbeing and safety.
  • An understanding that there is a separation of power between the executive and the judiciary, and that while some public bodies such as the police and the army can be held to account through Parliament, others such as the courts maintain independence.
  • An understanding that the freedom to choose and hold other faiths and beliefs is protected in law.
  • An acceptance that other people having different faiths or beliefs to oneself (or having none) should be accepted and tolerated, and should not be the cause of prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour.
  • An understanding of the importance of identifying and combating discrimination.

Our responsibilities

We ensure that fundamental British values are reflected in our ethos and implemented effectively in our academies.

We take swift action to suspend anyone from office who undermines these values. This may include considering whether to permanently remove an individual from office if they act in this manner.

We adhere to the Department for Education’s guidance for maintained schools:

Promoting fundamental British values as part of SMSC in schools

We recognise that our academies’ promotion and delivery of British values will be considered and will influence inspectors’ judgement on the effectiveness of leadership and management – as outlined in the governance handbook and competency framework and the education inspection framework.