British values – democracy

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By Deborah Osborne

In light of the concerns over the possible radicalization of children, the British Government has introduced a new ‘Prevent Duty’ law. This means that ‘British values’ are now a curriculum requirement.

Whilst British values can seem a difficult topic to tackle at times, it’s essential that you do cover this content with your class. Any Ofsted inspector worth their salt will want you and your colleagues to explain how you promote British values in your school. The articles in this series are a great way to demonstrate that you know what you’re talking about. And more importantly, they’re the perfect way to introduce the children in your care to the four core pillars of British values:

We’re kicking things off with an article all about democracy. Click on the links above to check out the other published articles in the series.

British values

The DfE has advised that ‘British values and principles’ are already embedded in the Primary curriculum. They have also issued guidance notes relating to how teachers can implement this policy.

All publicly-funded schools in England are required by law to teach a broad and balanced curriculum which promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils and prepares them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life. They must also promote community cohesion.

Revised Prevent Duty Guidance: for England and Wales

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  1. elizamel
    on 3 June 2016


    Am I missing something? I thought there was an article here, but can only find links to the not very helpful government sites. Are there any practical resources, for all key stages, progression indicators, etc? Hope I am not asking too much of Scholastic!