Promoting British Values
There is now a steer for early years providers to promote British values. In this blog we look at this steer and what promoting British values means.
The promotion of British values is stated in a number of Ofsted and Government documents, for example:
- In the new Common inspection framework: education, skills and early years, under the section detailing what inspectors will consider when making judgements on the effectiveness of leadership and management (clause 28) it states that the inspector will make a judgement on the extent to which leaders, managers and governors actively promote British values.
- In the new Early Years Inspection Handbook it again states that the evaluation of the effectiveness of leadership and management will include the extent to which the promotion of British values is promoted. Further the Handbook states the effectiveness of leadership and management may be judged as inadequate if “Equality, diversity and British values are not actively promoted in practice”.
- In the HM Government document “Prevent Duty Guidance: For England and Wales” it states that “Early education funding regulations have been amended in England to ensure that providers that fail to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance for those with different faiths and beliefs do not receive funding from local authorities for the free early years entitlement.”
Definition of British Values
The Prevent Duty Guidance seems to define British values as “democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance for those with different faiths and beliefs”.
We discuss how you could support the promotion of British values in our latest eBook Promoting British Values’ We have also created a Promoting British Values policy which members can download and amend to suit their setting.
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