What are British Values in schools and when were they introduced?
British values were first introduced in 2011 as part of the government in the ‘Prevent’ strategy. In November 2014 The Department for Education published guidance for independent and state-maintained schools on promoting British values in schools. The aim of this guidance was to ensure young people left school prepared for life in modern Britain.
The guidance stated schools
‘have a duty to ‘actively 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 2014 guidance meant all schools needed to have a clear strategy for embedding British values and be able to show how their work with pupils has been effective in doing so.
When publishing the guidance in 2014, Lord Nash said:
A key part of our plan for education is to ensure children become valuable and fully rounded members of society who treat others with respect and tolerance, regardless of background.
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.