The Department for Education states that there is a need ...
"to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs".
The Department for Education defines British Values as follows:
- Respect for democracy and support or participation in the democratic process
- Respect for the basis on which the law is made and applies in England
- Support for equality of opportunity for all
- Support and respect for the liberties of all within the law
- Respect for and tolerance of different faiths and religious and other beliefs
At St Edmund's ensure that the fundamental British Values are introduced, discussed, and lived out through the school's ethos and work. All curriculum areas provide a vehicle for furthering understanding of these concepts and, in particular, RE, PSHE and Assemblies provide opportunities to deepen and develop understanding. We encourage our children to be creative, unique, open-minded and independent individuals, respectful of themselves and others in our school, our local community and the wider world. We aim to nurture our children on their journey through life to grow into safe, caring, democratic, responsible and tolerant adults who make a positive difference to British society and the world.