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British Values at Hednesford Valley High

The Department for Education has introduced a statutory duty for schools to promote British Values more actively from September 2014, and to ensure that they are taught in all schools.

At Hednesford Valley High we take our commitment to this duty extremely seriously because we recognise that many of our students could be particularly vulnerable to external influences. We recognise the multi-cultural, multi-faith and ever-changing nature of the United Kingdom and our role in supporting our students to take their place in this society and especially their local community. We understand the vital role that our school has in ensuring that groups or individuals within the school are not subjected to intimidation or radicalisation by those wishing to unduly, or illegally, influence them. 

We follow equal opportunities guidance which guarantees that there will be no discrimination against any individual or group, regardless of faith, ability, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, political or financial status, or similar.

Hednesford Valley High is dedicated to preparing students for their adult life beyond the formal, examined curriculum and ensuring that it promotes and reinforces British values to all its students.  The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy.  The five key British Values are:

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

These key values are taught implicitly and explicitly throughout the curriculum.  At Hednesford Valley High we strive to uphold the following values:

  • How citizens influence decision making through the democratic process
  • How living under the rule of law protects individual citizens
  • An understanding that bodies such as police and the army are there to protect our communities
  • An understanding that the freedom to hold other faiths and beliefs is protected in law, and an acceptance that other people having different faiths or beliefs to oneself (or having none) should not be the cause of prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour
  • An understanding of the problems of identifying and combating discrimination
  • Students are actively encouraged to research for themselves, made aware of world events (where appropriate) and encouraged to form their own informed opinions on issues and events

See also PSHE Curriculum