In 2013, the Department for Education stated: “Keeping our children safe and ensuring schools prepare them for life in modern Britain could not be more important. This change is an important step towards ensuring we have a strong legal basis for intervening in those schools where this is an issue.”
“The vast majority of schools already promote British values. This is about making sure we have the tools we need to intervene if children are being let down.” Schools are required to actively promote and not undermine British Values.
The government has set out its definition of British Values as:
- the rule of law
- individual liberty
- mutual respect
- tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs.
At Parkside School we actively promote the values, virtues and ethics that shape our pupils’ character and moral perspective, and support them to become good citizens. We continually promote an awareness of what it means to be a good citizen in Britain today, and embed the building blocks of a future successful and productive life.
Through Religious Education, Geography, History and Personal Social and Health curriculum we are able to make real links between the values of our pupils and the lives of others in their community, country and the world in general. Through our Creative Curriculum we teach about democracy, civic responsibility, rules and laws, the monarchy, equality, values and virtues, environmental awareness and understanding of other faiths.