Fundamental British ValuesAt Sellincourt we are committed to providing an education to equip our children for the future. In order for our children to be the best that they can be, we believe that they need to grow up knowing and understanding their rights, as laid down by the UN Convention for the Rights of the Child. Growing up with this awareness will mean that our children will gain a greater respect for themselves, for others, and for the world in which they live, and become active citizens who have a voice and strive to be heard.
The DfE has recently reinforced the need ‘to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote fundamental British values.’ These should form part of the SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social, and Cultural) education. The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 ‘Prevent’ Strategy, and these values were reiterated in November 2014. They are defined as democracy, the rule of law, equality of opportunity, freedom of speech, and the rights of all men and women to live free from persecution of any kind.
We believe that these are fundamental values and at Sellincourt we draw on the rich diversity of our community to help children understand and appreciate the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped modern Britain and how these values can be promoted. We encourage all children to be tolerant and respectful of each other's rights to hold differing faiths and beliefs and reinforce Democracy.