Promoting fundamental British values

In November 2014, the Department for Education (DfE) published guidance for maintained schools on promoting British values in schools to ensure young people leave school prepared for life in modern Britain.

The DfE published separate guidance for independent schools, academies and free schools.

The guidance aims to help all schools understand their responsibilities in this area. All have a duty to 'actively 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.

These values were first set out by the government in the 'Prevent' strategy in 2011.

All schools must have a clear strategy for embedding these values and show how their work with pupils has been effective in doing so.

Ofsted and the independent inspectorates now take the work of schools in this area into account during inspections.