British Values Curriculum

As of November 2014, the Government expects all schools to promote British values. At Delph Primary School, we aim do this through our Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural (SMSC) lessons, the wider curriculum and extra-curricular activities.

What are 'British values'?

According to Ofsted, 'fundamental British values' are:

  • democracy
  • the rule of law
  • individual liberty
  • mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith.

What must be taught ?

Schools should:

  • Enable students to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence
  • enable students to distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil and criminal law of England
  • encourage students 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 to society more widely
  • enable students to acquire a broad general knowledge of and respect for public institutions and services in England
  • promote further tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions by enabling students to acquire an appreciation for and respect for their own and other cultures
  • encourage respect for other people, and
  • encourage respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic processes, including respect for the basis on which the law is made and applied in England

We believe education is about helping people understand how things work and how to challenge and change them for the better. Learning will be through discussions, mutual exploration and understanding.

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