Teaching British Values at The Chalet

The Department for Education has, on 27th November 2014, published guidance on promoting British values in schools to ensure young people leave school prepared for life in modern Britain.

The guidance aims to help both independent and state-maintained schools understand their responsibilities in this area. All have a duty to ‘actively promote’ the five fundamental British values of:- 

1. Democracy,

2. The rule of law,

3. Individual liberty,

4. Mutual respect

5. Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.                               

These values were first set out by the government in the ‘Prevent’ strategy in 2011.

Term 5

British Values are an important part of our teaching and learning at The Chalet School. This term we are starting to highlight the British Values to the pupils in a way that will give them an extra awareness of themselves within society and help them to understand what it means to be British. We will celebrate a ‘Value of the Week’ and these will become a focus of our weekly assemblies. British Values will be delivered across the whole curriculum, but delivered more explicitly within PSHE sessions. We will be opening the term with the value of democracy and will launch this with a British Values afternoon on Tuesday 30th April, where pupils will vote for their favourite foods/drinks to create a class picnic. They will decorate flags and bunting and will wear blue, red and white to highlight the colours of the British flag. Pupils will recap on school and class rules and learn to have a voice by voting for a favourite story to read.