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Here we bring together our information on the topic of British values, including articles and a downloadable pamphlet for explaining this topic to parents.

Schools have a duty to promote British values

All schools are expected to promote British values as part of the requirement to provide for the spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development of their pupils.

Guidance from the Department for Education (DfE) says that British values include:

  • Democracy
  • The rule of law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs

We've brought together information to help you meet this requirement. 

Articles and resources from The Key

  • Promoting British values in schools: requirements and expectations What are the requirements for promoting British values in schools? This article links to the DfE's guidance for maintained schools, and to legislation on the requirements for independent schools, including academies. It also discusses Ofsted's inspection of how well schools promote British values.
  • British values policy How have schools included British values in their policies? In this article, we include stand-alone British values policies and a range of other policies that set out how schools promote British values. We also relay advice from one of our experts on how to include British values in school policies.
  • Fundamental British values: information for parents Is there a leaflet for parents on promoting British values? This article features a downloadable Parent Pamphlet on this topic. Schools can use it to inform parents about fundamental British values. We link to examples of adapted pamphlets and information about the Prevent strategy.
  • Questions from Ofsted on British values What questions might Ofsted ask about British values? In this article, one of our associate experts suggests questions that inspectors may ask pupils, staff and governors about British values. We also link to further information on inspection of British values under the Common Inspection Framework.
  • Promoting British values in the curriculum How can we promote British values through our curriculum? Two of our associate education experts explain how schools can incorporate British values into the curriculum, and the limitations to doing so. We also include a downloadable template to record how your school promotes British values.
  • British values statements on school websites Are there examples of school website statements on British values? We link to a variety of school websites that provide a statement about British values. We also link to further information about the requirement to promote British values, and relay expert advice on writing a values statement.
  • Spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) education policies SMSC policies allow you to explain how you meet the spritual, moral, social and cultural needs of your pupils. See examples of SMSC policies from primary, secondary, special and all-through schools.
  • Developing spiritual, moral, social and cultural education How can we develop spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) education? This article includes Department for Education guidance on the requirements for SMSC provision, and advice on ways to develop SMSC provision. You will also find a case study from a teaching school.
  • Inspection of SMSC development Ofsted inspectors will consider your school's spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development when reaching a judgement. Understand the criteria they'll use and get expert guidance on presenting evidence of SMSC development.

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