British Values at Rothwell Victoria

From football and fish and chips to queueing and talking about the weather, there are many ways to define Britishness. Our children have lived through historical times for our country, including Diamond Jubilee celebrations and successful British Olympic and Paralympic Games. However, they are also growing up in a diverse multicultural society that continues to be troubled by the threat of terrorism. In June 2014, David Cameron emphasised the important role that British values can play in education. Further, how well a school promotes such values is an aspect of Ofsted’s 2015 inspection process.

British values are promoted in so much of what we do, not least during our school assemblies, Religious Education and Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL) sessions.

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. The term ‘British values’ might be slightly misleading in that these values are

integral to so many countries throughout the world – they differ in no way from the values of most western European countries

As a school, we value and celebrate the diverse heritages of everybody in Rothwell Victoria. Alongside this, we value and celebrate being part of Britain.