British Values

As a school, we value and celebrate the diverse heritages of everybody at Birchwood Junior School. We value and celebrate being part of Britain and children learn what it means to be British, from their own as well as other people’s perspectives. We do this by teaching British Values. By learning Democracy, Rules and Laws, Tolerance and Individual Liberty, we teach values that will make them better British citizens.

Below is an overview of the values and principles that we aim to encourage our pupils to demonstrate, within our Curriculum. Click on the value below to find out more information.

British Values

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Something which is clearly not part of any British or European value is extremism. It is important to remember that whilst the threat from so-called Islamic State has been a focus in the Counter Terrorism and Security Act, the Prevent Duty is clear that extremism of all kinds should be tackled too. Extremism is not a new topic in education, but schools have a relatively new statutory duty to pay "due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism".

Prevent Duty Information