Promoting Fundamental British Values
We aim to actively promote British values in schools to ensure young people leave school prepared for life in modern Britain. Pupils are encouraged to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance and understand that while different people may hold different views about what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, all people living in England are subject to its law. The school also recognizes that it is a part of the Islamic community, and we consider that ‘British values’ as the term commonly applied in educational debates are coterminous with ‘Islamic values’: democracy and the rule of law, freedom and responsibility, equality and respect are at heart of both systems and belief systems, and the strong traditions of Islam enhance and reinforce the laws of Britain. As such, we, at Barnet Hill Academy, endorse the Islamic principles of 'the law of the land is the law'.
We also see it as our responsibility to ensure students are educated about the major faiths of the UK and the world, and can hear at first hand from representatives of those faiths. This is an expression of the Quranic verse:
‘O mankind! Behold, We have created you all out of a male and a female, and have made you into nations and tribes, so that you might come to know one another…’ (49:13).
This is also part of the necessary preparation of our students for life in British society and the wider world. By encountering other faiths and beliefs, we also gain deeper knowledge and understanding of our tradition and may come to appreciate it all the more.
The Key Values are:
• rule of law
• individual liberty
• mutual respect
• tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
British Values are not taught as a separate subject, but are interwoven into our values and our curriculum. We ensure our children embody British Values and realise that these are an essential quality to have.
BHA strives to ensure that its students leave with the strongest foundation of values upon which to build a successful life and a successful contribution to our society.