Fundamental British Values

What are Fundamental British Values? 

Schools are required to provide for the spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development of their students.  

As part of this requirement, schools are expected to actively promote fundamental British values. 

The Government defines these as: 

  • Democracy 
  • The Rule of Law 
  • Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs 
  • Mutual Respect 
  • Individual Liberty 

What does this mean for my child? 

Schools’ curriculums for learning about Fundamental British Values are designed to prepare children and young people for life in modern Britain and beyond. 

This includes helping people understand: 

  • The importance of combatting discrimination 
  • How we can influence decision-making by taking part in democratic processes 
  • Our freedom under British law to choose different faiths and beliefs 
  • That the law is there to keep us safe 


Links to NOA 9: I respect others, their opinions and their personal space.

The Rule of Law

Links to NOA 9: I am in the right place, at the right time, doing the right thing. I always take pride in and respect my community.

Tolerance of Different Faiths and Beliefs

Links to NOA 9: I respect others, their opinions and their personal space. 

Mutual Respect

Links to NOA 9: I do as I am asked, the first time I am asked.

Individual Liberty

Links to NOA 9: I always try my hardest to learn.