Schools ‘must actively promote British values’ – DfE

The Guardian is reporting new guidance published by the DfE that confirms schools in England will be required by the government to actively promote fundamental British values to their pupils, both in lessons and in extracurricular activities…

The guidance significantly hardens the language used in setting out how schools teach what is known as spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development, replacing the previous language of “respect” for British values with the requirement to actively promote them.

The DfE document says pupils should be taught “how democracy and the law work in Britain, in contrast to other forms of government in other countries”, and advises teachers to “consider the role of extracurricular activity, including any run directly by pupils, in promoting fundamental British values”.

According to the document: “Actively promoting the values means challenging opinions or behaviours in school that are contrary to fundamental British values. Attempts to promote systems that undermine fundamental British values would be completely at odds with schools’ duty to provide SMSC.”

John Nash, the schools minister, said in a statement: “We want every school to promote the basic British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance for those of different faiths and beliefs. This ensures young people understand the importance of respect and leave school fully prepared for life in modern Britain.”

…Similar revised guidance for independent schools was published simultaneously…

The new document also states that teachers are expected to “uphold public trust in the profession and maintain high standards of ethics and behaviour, within and outside school. This includes not undermining fundamental British values.”

The guidelines also respond to critics of the promotion of British values by providing greater detail as to what the DfE defines as British values and how they should be taught…

Russell Hobby, general secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers, said: “The majority of schools will find they have been ‘actively promoting’ British for years. Our advice for most members is: don’t do anything new, make sure you capture and describe the good work you are already doing.”…

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See links to download and read the guidelines in full at : Guidance on promoting British values in schools published

 

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Comments

  1. birch_david

    SchoolsImprove is this a hierarchy of.values or are they equal? Does democracy trump the rule of law or, more worryingly, vice-versa?

  2. Tidegloballearn

    birch_david PSHEsolutions SchoolsImprove – there are times when they are in tension – sometimes the law contradicts tolerance -section 28

  3. StMarysNurserys

    birch_david SchoolsImprove I’d rather see schools promote good values, e.g respect, tolerance, generosity, honesty, work ethic etc.

  4. TW

    Having a political system that allows charlatans to lie their way into office then do whatever they feel like mostly to the detriment of the British population?

  5. birch_david

    Tidegloballearn PSHEsolutions SchoolsImprove Quite, we need to maintain that civil disobedience is sometimes justified #BritishValues

  6. birch_david

    Tidegloballearn PSHEsolutions SchoolsImprove Quite, we need to maintain that civil disobedience is sometimes justified #BritishValues

  7. birch_david

    Tidegloballearn PSHEsolutions SchoolsImprove Quite, we need to maintain that civil disobedience is sometimes justified #BritishValues

  8. Tidegloballearn

    birch_david PSHEsolutions SchoolsImprove history is littered with positive social change which has come about through active citizenship

  9. bentleykarl

    SchoolsImprove Chinese maths teachers and having to import thousands of foreign teachers as we don’t train enough of our own, mmm….

  10. LaCatholicState

    SchoolsImprove Sorry….but families have their own values….and will challenge anything the school throws at them. Respect please!

  11. LaCatholicState

    As Christians we are actually called to ‘love’ all people, higher than respect, I’d say…..but we don’t actually have to respect all beliefs or venerate ‘differences’.  What’s the DfE going to do about that, I wonder?!

  12. LaCatholicState

    @birch_david SchoolsImprove It will be interesting to see pupils question and criticise British values in class….if not downright laugh at them.

  13. LaCatholicState

    @birch_david SchoolsImprove It will be interesting to see pupils question and criticise British values in class….if not downright laugh at them.

  14. PeterFlew

    DavidWray but at least they demand ‘a broad general knowledge of and respect for public institutions and services in England’. Phew!

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