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British Values

What are British Values?


The DfE have recently reinforced the need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to 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.”


At our school these values are promoted in the following ways:



Democracy is fundamental to life at Merit. Students are always listened to by adults and are taught to listen carefully to each other, respecting the right of every individual to have their opinions and voice heard. Students also have the opportunity to air their opinions and ideas through our School Council and student questionnaires.


The rule of law

The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are regularly reinforced at Merit. Classroom rules are clear, fair and consistently followed to maintain a safe and orderly school environment where everyone can learn without interruption. Students are taught the value and reasons behind rules and laws, how they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. 


Individual liberty

At our school, students are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for students to make informed choices about their lives.  We support students to develop their self esteem and empower our students to make their voices heard. 


Mutual respect

Respect is integral to life at Merit. We teach students how respect for themselves and other people is essential for a positive and productive life. We believe that it is imperative that respect is shown to everyone and encourage students to embrace the differences between people. 


Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

At Merit we promote tolerance of those who have different faiths and beliefs through the study of religious education, assemblies and PSHE lessons.