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News - 1 December 2014

The key British values of Respect and Tolerance.

 The Government has announced new guidelines aimed at Headteachers and Governors to promote respect and tolerance in pupils for all faiths, races and cultures.

 
The push for schools to boost British values was among a series of proposals in the wake of the so called Trojan Horse allegations about a group of schools in Birmingham. 
 
Publishing the advice, the Department for Education, said the requirement for schools to promote 
British values are already set out in the 2002 Education Act.
 
Liz Kennett, Audit and Accounts Manager of ABDS, and a Schools and Charities specialist comments:
“The guidance emphasises that pupils should be encouraged to understand that although different people may hold different views about what is right and wrong, all people living in England are subject to its law, and that they should understand the difference between the law of the land and religious law.”
 
The guidance says schools must meet requirements for a daily act of collective worship, but they should also ensure pupils understand that freedom to choose and hold other faiths and beliefs is protected in law. Having another faith should not be the cause of prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour.
 
Pupils should also learn how citizens can influence decision making though the democratic process and how power in Britain is separated between the executive (government) and the judiciary. 
 
Mr Hobby, general secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers, said the majority of schools were already meeting these requirements. 
 
The Association of School and College Leaders welcomed the guidance but warned that the area was complex. 
 
If you need any help and advice with Free Schools, Academy Schools or Charities, contact Lavinia Newman, Peter Ham or Liz Kennett now to discuss how ABDS can help bring their experience to these matters.
 
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