In 2013 the Department for Education said:
“Keeping our children safe and ensuring schools prepare them for life in modern Britain could not be more important. This change is an important step towards ensuring we have a strong legal basis for intervening in those schools where this is an issue.”
“The vast majority of schools already promote British values. This is about making sure we have the tools we need to intervene if children are being let down.”
Schools are required to actively promote and not undermine “British Values”
The government has set out its definition of British Values as:
As a Church of England School, we actively promote values, virtues and ethics that shape our pupils' character and moral perspective, through the teachings of the Church.
We believe that it is the role of the school to nurture and to develop the ‘whole child’, by helping our pupils to thrive academically, physically, socially, emotionally and spiritually and to enable them to achieve their full potential. In keeping with our Christian ethos, we foster respect for individuals and their differences, together with responsibility for our surroundings and ourselves. Through this, we uphold British values of democracy, a rule of law, respect and understanding of all faiths, individual liberty and mutual respect.