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Find tips on scrutinising how British values are being incorporated into your school, both through the curriculum and holistically through its wider culture, vision and ethos.

This article was written with help from our associate education experts, Bill Bolloten and Sue Rogers.

What is your school required to do?

All schools are expected to provide opportunities for the spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development of their pupils.

As part of this, your school should promote “fundamental British values”. The Department for Education (DfE) defines these values as:

  • Democracy
  • The rule of law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs

These are explained in more detail in the DfE’s non-statutory guidance on promoting fundamental British values.

Ofsted will make a judgement on pupils' 'personal development' (this includes SMSC development), and how your school teaches British values will play a part in this (see paragraphs 241 to 248 of the School Inspection Handbook).

You can read more about this in our article on the requirement to promote British values in schools.

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