British Values and Lead, Learn, Excel

Ravens Wood school has an obligation under section 78 of the Education Act (2002) which requires all schools, as part of a broad and balanced curriculum, to promote the spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development of students at the school. This includes actively promoting British values.

We are very proud at Ravens Wood School as we feel our school values are a true reflection of fundamental British values.

We aim to ensure that our students become valuable and fully rounded members of society who treat others with respect and tolerance, regardless of background and leave school fully prepared for life in modern Britain.

British Values Transparent

The Equality Act 2010

The school has a public sector equality duty (s.149 of the Equality Act 2010) which requires us to have due regard of the need to:

The Department for Education (June 2015) state that there is a 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 for and tolerance of those different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith.’

The government has set out its definition of British values initially in the 2011 Prevent Strategy and these values were reiterated by the Government since. 

At Ravens Wood School

Supporting British values is central to the expectations we have of all our students. These expectations link directly to the ethos at the heart of Ravens Wood School.


Delivering a well-structured Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship education programme which addresses all of the requirements of the programmes of study (looking at Democracy, Freedom, the rule of law, Human Rights and responsibilities). Through our SMSC programme we ensure that principles are actively promoted which will:

Political Views

We preclude the promotion of partisan political views in the teaching of any subject in the school and take such steps as are reasonably practicable to ensure that where political issues are brought to the attention of students:

  1. while they are in attendance at the school;
  2. while they are taking part in extra-curricular activities which are provided or organised by or on behalf of the school; or
  3. in the promotion at the school, including through the distribution of promotional material, of extra-curricular activities taking place at the school or elsewhere they are offered a balanced presentation of opposing views

These values have been endorsed by:

The Ravens Wood School Safeguarding and Child Protection policy.

Parents Guide to Extremism and Radicalisation
Educate Against Hate Guidance for Parents Booklet