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British Values & Counter Terrorism

The DfE have recently reinforced the need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”

The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values have been reiterated by the Prime Minister this year. At York Road Nursery School these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:


We listen to children’s and parent’s voice in many ways e.g. through daily contact with parents and children, questionnaires and feedback, planning for children’s interests. Our school behaviour policy is clear that children are expected to contribute and co-operate, taking into account the views of others.

The Rule of Law:

We consistently reinforce our high expectations of children. Children are taught the value and reasons behind our expectations (rules) that they are there to protect us, that everyone has a responsibility and that there are consequences when rules are broken. At York Road we talk about what is a ‘good choice’ and what is a ‘bad choice’ for the children to be able to think about their responsibilities and their actions.

Individual Liberty:

Within school, children are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young children to make choices safely, through our provision of a safe environment and empowering teaching. Children are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms.

Mutual Respect:

Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy has revolved around Core Values such as ‘Respect’, and children are modelled this by caring, sharing and listening to others. Staff help children to understand how to respect by talking about how actions/words can affect others.

All children, including those with special educational needs and disabilities are valued for their individuality and supported to achieve their best. Children are taught that life is not the same for everyone.

Staff promote diverse attitudes and challenge stereotypes, for example, sharing stories that reflect and value the diversity of children’s experiences.

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:

We aim to enhance children’s understanding of different faiths and beliefs by participating in a range of celebrations throughout the year. Children have the opportunity to dress-up in clothes and try different foods from other cultures and we encourage parents/carers to participate and support our multi-cultural events.

What is not acceptable is:

  • actively promoting intolerance of other faiths, cultures and races.
  • failure to challenge gender stereotypes and routinely segregate girls and boys.
  • isolating children from their wider community
  • failure to challenge behaviours (whether of staff, children or parents) that are not in line with the fundamental British values of democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance for those with different faiths and beliefs.

Counter Terrorism

At York Road Nursery School we have a statutory duty to have due regard to the need to prevent people being drawn into terrorism. We do the following:

  • Have an effective partnership with other local agencies (LSCB, police, health)
  • Share information
  • Maintain appropriate records
  • Assess local risk of extremism
  • Protect children
  • Have clear protocols for visiting speakers
  • Have safeguarding policies
  • Train staff to give them knowledge and confidence
  • Have ICT protocols that filter out extremist materials
  • Ensure our building is not a platform to extremists

Schools leaders (including governors) must:

  • Establish or use existing mechanisms for understanding the risk of extremism
  • Ensure staff understand the risk and build capabilities to deal with it
  • Communicate and promote the importance of the duty
  • Ensure staff implement the duty effectively