“Fundamental British Values” and preparation for life in Modern Britain

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 this year (2014). At Ravensmead these important values are reinforced regularly and addressed in the following ways.

  • Democracy
  • The rule of law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual Respect
  • Tolerance for those of different faiths and beliefs

At Ravensmead School we attempt to address these on a daily basis. This list is not exhaustive it is reflected on and altered according to pertinent issues.

  • The PSHEE & RE curriculum has links to these values.
  • We have a collegiate approach to decision making
  • We have democratically elected School Council Class Representatives and Executive Members
  • The pupils agreed and wrote the school rules-they are reviewed and updated as required.
  • The pupils agreed and wrote the Bullying Policy
  • Team Captains are elected and help pupils to follow some of our 5 Golden Rules
  • The staff have a Code of Conduct
  • Many values are implicit within the schools policies
  • The school culture is based upon respecting the individual
  • Diversity is a planned part of the curriculum and links are made to other schools at home and abroad
  • Pupils are consulted about the curriculum
  • The School Council make real decisions and organise activities
  • Assemblies; we have planned a range of themes throughout the year
  • We work closely with outside agencies like the police, community members and school nurse in order to enrich the curriculum
  • Charities-the school council sponsor the education of an overseas pupil
  • All visitors to school are treated with courtesy and respect