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Prevent & British Values

What are British Values?

Perhaps images of the Union Jack and scones spring to mind. However, their meaning goes much deeper.
Government guidance aims to actively promote the fundamental British values in places of education. As part of the government’s ‘Prevent’ strategy in 2011, these values were set out to ensure learners leave education prepared for life in modern Britain.

As part of the Prevent strategy, at HESA we promote four fundamental values.
Reflecting modern Britain today: democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.

Let’s look a little further into what they mean:

  • Democracy:
    A culture built upon freedom and equality, where everyone is aware of their rights and responsibilities.
  • Rule of Law:
    The need for rules to make a happy, safe and secure environment to live, learn and work.
  • Individual Liberty:
    Protection of your rights and the right of others you work with.
  • Respect and Tolerance:
    Understanding that we don’t all share the same beliefs and values. Respecting the values, ideas and beliefs of others whilst not imposing our own on others.

Why do we need to be aware of these values?

They can be described as being non-universal. In that it isn’t a given that everyone embraces them. Therefore, instilling their positive messages in learners can help them develop a well-rounded outlook. Where perhaps they might not learn these values elsewhere.

Amanda Spielman, Ofsted’s chief inspector of schools said the education system has an important role in protecting the principles that “make us a beacon of liberalism, tolerance and fairness to the rest of the world”. Simply put, British Values represent a just and fair attitude to others.

Heathrow Employment & Skills academy values the ethnic differences and backgrounds of all its learners. We believe cultural differences should be celebrated. Whilst also valuing being part of Britain. Therefore, we enforce tolerance and respect in all areas of what we do.

In respect of SMSC (spiritual, moral, social and cultural) development, and support learners in exploring controversial issues in a safe learning environment.