British Values are very important to us here at Ethos College. We are dedicated to promoting them within our community in order to establish a strong sense of social and moral responsibility.
We see British Values as underpinning what it is to be a citizen in a modern and diverse Britain. They allow us to create environments free from discrimination, intolerance and hate. They help us to challenge prejudice and stereotyping, whilst strengthening relationships within the community.
As well as actively promoting these values to our students, we also work hard to embed them into student work across all curriculum areas. This ensures our students understand the importance of respect, so they can leave the school fully prepared to live and work in modern Britain as responsible citizens.
British Values are defined as the following:
Democracy is defined as a culture built upon freedom and equality, where everyone is aware of their rights and responsibilities. Students are given the opportunity to learn about democracy through, personal development lessons, UK parliament week and the election of our student council chair which takes place each year.
The rule of law is defined as the need for rules to make a happy, safe and secure environment to live and work. Students will learn about laws through the delivery of the PSHE curriculum during personal development lessons.
Individual liberty is defined as the protection of your rights and the rights of others around you. At Ethos College, students have a wide variety of choices. In PE lessons and sporting competitions, we promote the concept of ‘fair play’, following and developing rules, the inclusion of others, and being competitive in an appropriate way.
Mutual respect & tolerance of different faiths and beliefs is defined as understanding that we all don’t share the same beliefs and values. Respecting those values, ideas and beliefs of others whilst not imposing our own onto them. In personal development lessons, students will have the opportunity to learn about different religions to give them a much better understanding of what people believe. In addition, students will have the opportunity to visit places of worship and learn about important days that different religions celebrate and respect through the Vote for School topics.