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British Values

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

The Derby High School is committed to serving its diverse community. It recognises the multi-cultural, multi-faith and ever-changing nature of the United Kingdom. It also understands the vital role it 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.

The Derby High School is dedicated to preparing students for their adult life beyond the 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 four key British Values are:

1. Democracy

2. The rule of law

3. Individual liberty

4. Mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and belief

Understanding and Knowledge expected of pupils as a result of schools promoting fundamental British Values:

  • An understanding of how citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process
  • An appreciation that living under the rule of law protects individual citizens and is essential for their wellbeing and safety
  • An understanding that there is a separation of power between the executive and the judiciary, and that while public bodies such as the police and the army can be held to account through Parliament, others such as the courts maintain independence
  • An understanding that the freedom to choose and hold other faiths and beliefs is protected in law
  • An acceptance that other people having different faiths (including none) or beliefs to oneself should be accepted and tolerated, and should not be the cause of prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour; and
  • An understanding of the importance of identifying and combating discrimination The Derby High School uses strategies within the national curriculum and beyond ensure positive outcomes for students. The examples that follow are intended to give you just a taste of the many ways in which we seek to instill British Values.


Democracy can be seen as a state of society characterised by equality of rights and privileges. It can also refer to our nation’s electoral systems.

In school we promote the importance of democracy through such things as:

The free and fair election process for student positions of responsibility such as the Student Council

  • Students being encouraged to consider alternative pathways in lessons by using the 7Rs to reflect upon their actions
  • Student Voice on key school decisions through processes including surveys, school council committees, student voice scrutiny
  • Students leadership programmes such as Anti-Bullying Ambassadors, Mentors, Senior Student Leaders
  • Strong adherence to our Equalities policy and objectives in line with the Equality Act 2010

The Rule of Law

All people and institutions are subject to and accountable to law that is fairly applied and enforced.

In school we promote the importance of the rule of law through such things as:

  • School code of conduct and behaviour and discipline policies
  • Marking and feedback and homework policies set to clear boundaries, which are explained clearly to students and staff
  • Accountability is stressed to all stakeholders including staff (Teacher’s Standards), students (Student code of conduct) and Governors

Individual Liberty

Individual liberty suggests the free exercise of rights generally seen as outside Government control.

In school we promote the importance of individual liberty through such things as:

  • A robust and clear anti-bullying culture and policy for all students and staff, which allows the opportunity for individual choices in a safe and supportive environment
  • The increasing liberty afforded to students as they move up through the years.
  • The wealth of extra-curricular activities and clubs available to all students
  • Students actively encouraged to express views and opinions in lessons in a formative manner
  • Students offered choice for their future academic pathways as they move through the Key Stages
  • Opportunities for freedom of speech and expression through mediums such as the school newsletter, pupil voice etc. Mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths (including none) and beliefs

The proper regard for an individual’s dignity, which is reciprocated.

In school we promote the importance of mutual respect and tolerance as an, objective, and permissive attitude to those whose faith (including none) and beliefs may differ from one’s own. In school we promote the importance of tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs through such things as:

  • The Derby High School’s 7Rs
  • Clear guidance on the impact of good behaviour in all facets of school life
  • Learning culture promotes students to take responsibility for their actions and the implications of negative behaviour on others
  • The promotion and enforcement of impeccable uniform and appearance for students and staff
  • Wellbeing promotes mutual respect through the skills developed in assemblies / alternative timetable days/ the broad and balanced PSCHEE curriculum
  • Assemblies, tutor time, PSCHEE lessons
  • Christmas concert
  • Charity Christmas hampers for the residents of a local day care centre
  • Religious Education curriculum taught to all students across key stages 3 and 4
  • Eid cards and letters to our Muslim students