The Department for Education states that all schools are required to promote the spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development of their pupils. It’s our job to actively promote the fundamental British values of:
- The rule of law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy. Staff and students at North Liverpool Academy celebrated these values in a variety of ways, which was recognised by our most recent Ofsted report, which notes: ‘Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is good. Diversity is recognised and celebrated. Fundamental British values are taught well.’
Our students are expected to know and understand:
- How citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process.
- An appreciation that living under the rule of law protects individual citizens and is essential for their wellbeing and safety.
- There is a separation of power between the executive and the judiciary, and that while some public bodies such as the police and the army can be held to account through Parliament, others such as the courts maintain independence.
- The freedom to choose and hold other faiths and beliefs is protected in law.
- An acceptance that other people having different faiths or beliefs to oneself (or having none) should be accepted and tolerated, and should not be the cause of prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour.
- The importance of identifying and combating discrimination.