In June 2014, Mr David Cameron emphasised the important role that British Values can play in education. Furthermore, how well a school promotes such values is an aspect of the current Ofsted inspection process.
Although in 2014-15 this is something which is developing in its significance for schools, it is not something new at Otley and Witnesham Primary Schools. British values are promoted in so much of what we do, not least during our school assemblies, Religious Education and PSHE lessons. The values are integral to our long-standing Values and Ethos statement which is at the front of our school development plan which compliments British Values and always has done.
As well as actively promoting British values, the opposite also applies – we would actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to 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 for example.
Please have a look at our ‘Preparing Our Children for Life in Modern Britain’ document for more information on how we approach the development of British values.