What Are British Values?

What are British values?

According to my research, British fundamental values are:




A system of government by the whole population or all the eligible members of a state, typically through elected representatives

The rule of law

The restriction of the arbitrary exercise of power by subordinating it to well-defined and established laws.

Individual liberty

The liberty of those persons who are free from external restraint in the exercise of those rights which are considered to be outside the province of a government to control

Mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith

Defined as a proper regard for the dignity of a person or position. It is the value we see in the other person. For some, mutual respect is a new mindset. The old mindset gives little or no credit or appreciation to what the man or woman is currently doing

How must we educate?

Advice from the DfE (Department of Education) is that British values should be promoted through SMSC (spiritual, moral, social and cultural development).

What must be taught?


    Enable students to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence
    Enable students to distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil and criminal law of England
    Encourage students to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative, and to understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality of the school and to society more widely
    Enable students to acquire a broad general knowledge of and respect for public institutions and services in England
    Further tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions by enabling students to acquire an appreciation for and respect for their own and other cultures
    Encourage respect for other people
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