British Values at The Berkeley Academy
In June 2014, David Cameron emphasised the important role that British values can play in education. Thus, how well a school promotes such values is an aspect of Ofsted’s inspection process.
At The Berkeley Academy we uphold and teach pupils about British Values which are defined as:
British values are promoted in much of what we do, not least during our school assemblies, where children have the opportunity to comment on the values discussed, whole school systems and structures, philosophy for children (P4C) sessions and Religious Education sessions. We also teach British Values through ensuring that our curriculum planning and delivery includes real opportunities for exploring these values.
As well as actively promoting British values, the opposite also applies: we would actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British values, including ‘extremist’ views.
At The Berkeley Academy, these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Something which is clearly not part of any British or European value is extremism. It is important to remember that whilst the threat from so-called Islamic State has been a focus in the Counter Terrorism and Security Act, the Prevent Duty is clear that extremism of all kinds should be tackled too. Extremism is not a new topic in education, but schools have a relatively new statutory duty to pay “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”.
Read our guide for parents here – it could be a good way to prepare yourself when supporting your child in any difficult discussions.
Read the government’s Prevent duty guidance and its guidance for schools.