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British Values

Through our everyday life and within our subjects we promote the 5 British Values:

  • Democracy

  • Individual liberty

  • The rule of law

  • Mutual respect and tolerance

  • Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs

The Government has outlined its expectations in terms of British Values, stating that students should: Understand the democratic process and how citizens can have a say in decision making;  Recognise the advantages to living under the rule of law and how law is essential for a safe society;  See that there is a separation of power and why it exists; Understand the reasons for accountability of institutions and why courts maintain independence;  Know why freedom of religion protects all faiths, as well as those with no faith;  Accept that people who hold different religious beliefs should be tolerated and not be discriminated against; Value the importance of identifying and combatting extremism.

At JSTC through our broad and balanced curriculum we: 

  • enable students to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence; 

  • enable students to distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil and criminal law of England; 

  • encourage students to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative, and to understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality of the school and to society more widely; 

  • enable students to acquire a broad general knowledge of and respect for public institutions and services in England; 

  • encourage tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions by enabling students to acquire an appreciation for and respect for their own and other cultures; 

  • encourage respect for other people; 

  • encourage respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic processes, including respect for the basis on which the law is made and applied in England.

Our curriculum covers the following and much more:


  • Look at books that teach themes of tolerance, mutual respect and democracy

  • Look at stories, poetry and other writings from other cultures - and talk about diversity, tolerance and discrimination


  • Analyse events in the UK and world history where British values have been tested, such as both World Wars



  • Look at how different cultures live and work throughout the world


  • Look into the culture that surrounds different languages, and use this as an opportunity to talk about tolerance of other cultures and beliefs

Religious education (RE)*

  • Lessons should reinforce messages of tolerance and respect for others

  • Provide opportunities to visit places of worship from different faiths

  • Promote diversity through celebrations of different faiths and cultures

Expressive Arts

  • Look at how different cultures perform, create and produce works of art throughout the world

Personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education 

  • Look at mutual respect - this may focus on family and friendship, and on romantic and sexual relationships

  • Teach about personal rights and freedoms, and how to exercise these safely

  • Look at different models of democracy, and take part in votes, pupil voice questionnaires and pupil councils

  • Teach about discrimination and diversity, for example LGBTQ+, race, disability, equal rights and e-safety

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