What is the ‘Developing British Values’ resource?

What are British Values
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Promoting fundamental British Values as part of SMSC in schools (as outlined in this useful DfE document, which includes examples of actions a school might take) remains a challenging task for all teachers, regardless of teaching experience or subject specialism.

British Values were first defined in the Prevent Strategy as “democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs”. But all too often, teachers feel they have inadequate support and resourcing with which to develop this important part of the broader school curriculum .

We have sought to meet this need by providing high-quality, safe and relevant teaching materials that foster deeper understanding and informed debate amongst young people. We do not aim to deliver a definitive view for teachers and learners to ‘accept and learn’, but to enable discussion in a safe, tolerant and supportive environment.

‘Developing British Values’ is both a standalone learning resource in its own right (via the Core ideas menu) and also as a gateway to other ideas, assets and materials (via the Related themes and Further assets & resources menus) that can be used for one-off, dedicated activities, or for embedding core themes into a planned series of lessons.