British Values

Our school reflects British values in all that we do and we promote ‘British Values’ through our spiritual, moral, social and cultural education which permeates through the school’s curriculum and supports the development of the ‘whole student’. Our school vision, values and general ethos support the fundamental British values and we have a strong emphasis on the development of SMSC across the school.

British values are:

  • democracy
  • the rule of law
  • individual liberty
  • mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith.

SMSC and British values are included in suitable parts of the curriculum and are promoted at every opportunity as part of the overall ethos and values of the school for example through assemblies, extracurricular opportunities and student voice.   The importance of laws, whether they are those that govern the class, the school or the country, are reinforced during the school day, as well as when dealing with behaviour and safety, through assemblies, and the PSHCE programme.

Examples of where British values are taught and promoted at Selby High School include:

Within PSHCE - The Law and The Courts, An Introduction to Citizenship, Identity and Diversity and Relationships, Rights and Responsibilities, Democracy, and Citizenship Project.

Student voice – Democracy plays a key role within day to day life of Selby High School. Students have the opportunity to have their voices heard through a number of student councils, are actively encouraged and provided with opportunities to participate in wider student voice events such as the student voice summit, and they play a part in our staff recruitment process. As well as student councils students are represented by our Prefects, Sports Captains, and Head Boy and Girl. Selby High School is one of only 41 schools nationally had been awarded a Discovering Democracy Award by the British Youth Council in recognition of their commitment to a democracy curriculum and raising awareness of democracy.

Mock elections – students have taken part in mock elections and elections for Members of the Youth Parliament for the North Yorkshire Area.

Religious education - teaching resources from a wide variety of sources are used to help students understand a range of faiths. RE at Selby High School aims to promote understanding of different cultures locally, nationally and in the wider world and to contribute to social and community cohesion.

Extra-curricular activities – opportunities for extracurricular activities that promote fundamental British values are encouraged for example trips to Parliament and participation in democracy and student voice events.

Assemblies – assemblies are carefully planned each year and include SEMH and well-being themes as well as SMSC and British values e.g. 70th Anniversary of the United Nations & the role of British values in shaping the world, Eradicating World Poverty and World Kindness Day, Remembrance, SEMH awareness raising, Bonfire night safety and what we can learn from terrorism and conflict.