Prevent and British Values
We nurture and guide our young people to be good citizens that understand democracy, law, individual liberty and demonstrate mutual respect and tolerance for one another.
From 1 July 2015 the Prevent duty became law. This is a duty on all schools and registered early years providers to have due regard to preventing people being drawn into terrorism. In order to protect children in our care, we must be alert to any reason for concern in the child’s life at home or elsewhere. This includes awareness of the expression of extremist views.
British values are a set of four values introduced to help keep our children safe and promote their welfare – as is the duty of all providers following the EYFS; specifically to counter extremism.
The promotion of British values is firmly embedded in the work that we do.
The fundamental British values are:
- The rule of law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect and tolerance
The following is to help demonstrate what this means in practice.
Democracy - making decisions together (PSED – self-confidence and self-awareness)
Encourage children to know their views count, value each other’s views and values, and talk about their feelings, for example when they do and do not need help. Sharing, turn-taking and collaboration. Democracy in action, for example, children sharing views on what the theme of their role play area could be with a show of hands.
Rule of law - understanding rules (PSED – managing feelings and behaviour)
Enable children to understand their own and others’ behaviours and its consequences and learn to distinguish right from wrong. Collaborate with children to create the rules and the codes of behaviour, for example, to agree the rules about tidying up and ensure that all children understand rules apply to everyone.
Individual liberty - freedom for all (PSED and Understanding the World - self-confidence and self-awareness and people and communities)
Enable children to develop a positive sense of themselves. Provide opportunities for children to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and increase their confidence in their own abilities, for example through allowing children to take risks on an obstacle course, mixing colours, talking about their experiences and learning. Encourage a range of experiences that allow children to explore the language of feelings and responsibility, reflect on their differences and understand that they are free to have different opinions, for example, in a small group discussing what they feel about the transition to nursery/school.
Mutual respect and tolerance - treat others, as you wish to be treated (PSED and Understanding the World - managing feelings and behaviour and people and communities)
Create an ethos of inclusivity and tolerance where views, faiths, cultures and races are valued and children are engaged with the wider community. Children should acquire a tolerance and appreciation of, and respect for their own and other cultures; know about similarities and differences between themselves and others and among families, faiths, communities, cultures and traditions and share and discuss practices, celebrations and experiences. Staff should encourage and explain the importance of tolerant behaviours such as sharing and respecting other’s opinions. Staff should promote diverse attitudes and challenge stereotypes, for example, sharing stories that reflect and value the diversity of children’s experiences and provide resources and activities that challenge gender, cultural and racial stereotyping.