The Department for Education state 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 government set out its definition of British Values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy and these values were reiterated by the Prime Minister in 2014. At OBA these values are reinforced regularly and in a range of ways.
These values are taught explicitly as part of the curriculum through both Personal Development and Philosophy and Ethics. We also teach British Values through our planned programme of tutor activities and the programme of assemblies over the year supports students developing an understanding of what it means to be British via a range of house and year assemblies.
The school takes opportunities to actively promote British Values through our whole school systems and structures such as electing and running a successful House and Academy Council. We also actively promote the British Values through ensuring our curriculum planning and delivery includes real opportunities for exploring these values. Actively promoting British Values also means challenging students, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views.
At OBA we uphold and teach students about British Values which are defined as: