Promoting British Values

In June 2014, the then Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove, announced that all schools would be required to promote British Values and the Department for Education (DfE)  subsequently published guidelines on how this should be done in both maintained and independent schools. Prior to this schools had been required to ‘respect’ these values, but from September 2014 all schools have had to provide a curriculum which ‘actively promotes’ them

The fundamental British Values are:

  • Democracy
  • The rule of law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and belief

It is important to note that Ofsted and the independent inspectorates will be taking the work of schools in this area into account during inspections.

While this may seem a tall order, never fear: we have been covering much of it in our libraries for years! Our collections all have books (fiction and non-fiction) on/about:

  • Democracy, the British government, parliament, voting, law
  • Human rights, anti-bullying, e-safety, gender issues, disability, faith, belief, ethnicity, diversity, inclusion
  • Material in dual languages as well as books that explore issues associated with different cultures and the experiences of arriving in a new country (currently refugees feature in many modern novels and picture books)
  • Promoting British Values is also about celebrating British achievements, so books about famous events and people throughout history whose legacy helped shape Britain into the nation it is today.
  • Our library displays should also be celebrating festivals and national events such as Black History, LGBT and Women’s History Month as well as marking special days from around the world.

Publishers are producing specific ‘British Values’ sets of books e.g. BookLife has their British Values Collection packs and the KS2 one includes books on such topics as Equality & Diversity, Government and Democracy, Liberty and Human Rights and Identity and Gender. Whilst Gresham Books have a series for both KS2 &3 covering the key areas of democracy, law, mutual respect and tolerance and individual liberty

Websites containing useful lists of books


(Last updated by Denise Reed on 10, August 2017)



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