The Importance of British Values at K2

British values are of paramount importance to us at K2. We see British values as underpinning what it is to be a citizen in a modern and diverse Great Britain.

As well as actively promoting these values to our students, we are also embedding these into student work across all curriculum areas.

In 2014, the Department of Education published guidance on promoting British values in schools to ensure young people leave school and college prepared for life in modern Britain and these values were first set out in the ‘Prevent’ strategy in 2011.

The five part definition of British values are as follows:

  • Democracy
  • The rule of law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect
  • Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs
  • Democracy – Learners have their voices heard here at K2. Learner representatives attend workshops and staff meetings to share their views and put forward ideas for improvement. Learners are encouraged to speak openly about the impact of local and general elections on them. At K2 we promote a safe controlled environment where learners have the confidence to express their opinions and beliefs.
  • Rule of Law – The legal principle that law should govern a nation, as opposed to being governed by random decisions of individual government officials. Employment law and health and safety laws feature in depth across the entire curriculum.
  • Individual Liberty – Learners are actively encouraged to make good life choices. Our curriculum includes embedding consequence of actions into learning. All learners are given advice, guidance and career choices. Guest speakers are invited to the centre from all backgrounds to speak to learners around the importance of making well informed choices.  Learners are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and how to exercise these safely.
  • Mutual Respect – The mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. Each person is respected and valued equally without regard to ability, gender, faith, heritage or race.
  • Tolerance for those with different faiths and beliefs – Tolerance is a fair, objective, and permissive attitude toward those whose opinions, beliefs, practices, racial or ethnic origins, etc., differ from one’s own; freedom from bigotry.

With these values in mind, at K2 we aim to:

  • Help students to become valuable and rounded members of society who treat others with respect and tolerance, regardless of background.
  • Promote the basic British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance for those of different beliefs and faiths to students.
  • Ensure young people understand the importance of respect and leave college fully prepared for life in modern Britain.
  • Celebrate difference and promote diversity.
  • Encourage an understanding of the difficulties other cultures face where such values are not respected.

We are also taking action to:

  • Embed different materials about democracy and how the law works into our different curriculum areas.
  • Use opportunities such as debates to promote British values and help students to argue and defend different points of view.
  • Encourage student participation in working with the wider community and participating in fundraising events to gain an understanding of what is involved, as well as the time and effort required.
  • Encourage students to become responsible learners and to actively participate in their own learning and development.