The Department for Education has introduced a statutory duty for schools to promote British Values more actively, and to ensure they are taught in schools.
At Freshfield Nursery School we are committed to serving our community. We recognise the multi-cultural, multi-faith and ever-changing nature of the United Kingdom. We strive to ensure that there will be no discrimination against any individual or group, regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, political or financial status, or similar.
The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy.
The five key British Values are:
- The rule of law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect
- Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
We celebrate different festivals and cultures in Nursery, including Christmas and Easter, Saints days, Chinese New Year and Diwali. We also recognise the faiths and cultures of children and families within the school and community. We believe this is an important part of children’s developing life in their family, community and wider society; nurturing their sense of identity. Our role is to help children understand one another’s cultures and beliefs in a world that is diverse and vibrant. By offering children the opportunity of sharing the joy of others’ festivals and celebrations we can give them a gateway into a world of mutual understanding and shared human values.
What is Prevent?
The Prevent strategy was published by the government in 2011 and is a key part of CONTEST, the Government’s counter-terrorism strategy. The strategy aims to respond to terrorism and those who promote it, prevent people being drawn into terrorism, and work with sectors and institutions where there are risks of radicalisation.