British Values

What is typically British?

  • Democracy
  • The Rule of Law
  • Individual Liberty
  • Mutual Respect
  • Equality


  • There are lots of decisions that need to be made for everyone in Britain
  • Democracy is a way of making decisions
  • In the UK, we have a representative democracy where we elect MPs to make decisions for us
  • The party that has a majority (more than half of the 650 MPs) will form a government
  • We also use democracy to make some decisions in colleges or workplaces

Voting and participating in democratic society?

The Rule of Law

  • Laws are made by our Parliament
  • But laws would be pointless if no-one followed them
  • In Britain, most people play by the rules
  • And, if you don't follow the law, there are consequences

Why should I value the Rule of Law?

What did others say about the Rule of Law?

What does Individual Liberty mean to me?

  • The individual liberty we have means we can make lots of choices about how to live our lives 
  • It doesn't mean complete freedom - there are rules. Some of these are to keep us safe and to make sure we don't hurt anyone else

What does Individual Liberty mean to other people?

Why should we value Individual Liberty?  

What is Mutual Respect?

  • Britain is a country where different people have different religious beliefs
  • Some people have no faith or belief
  • We are all able to show respect to each other regardless of our personal beliefs
  • If somebody else's beliefs are different from our own, we accept this difference

Mutual Respect…. What does it mean to others?

Mutual Respect & Tolerance

  • Faith can be an important part of who we are
  • We all have our own take on faith and we wouldn't be happy if anyone tried to interfere. This is why we value the mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs
  • Some of us express our beliefs by how we dress
  • Some of us have religious practices which shape our day
  • We all celebrate different religious festivals annually
  • Many of us choose to have no specific religion
  • Many of us are atheists who don't believe in a god or agnostics who are not sure there is a god

Mutual Respect & Tolerance

We can be respectful and tolerant in different ways for example:

  • Simply by not commenting or remaining silent
  • By showing an interest
  • Or even respectfully disagreeing 

Why should I value Mutual Respect & Tolerance?  


  • Any one of us could be discriminated against for one reason or another
  • The Equality Act 2010 protects us all from discrimination on the grounds of certain characteristics - and we all have some of these characteristics

Equality – When could equality protect us/you?

  • When you apply for a job
  • If you have to attend a court hearing
  • When you use services/purchase goods
  • When you are doing business of some kind
  • In a situation where you are unfairly treated perhaps because of one of the 9 protected characteristics

What do others say about Equality?

What are the 9 protected characteristics?

We hope you found this information useful. Now complete the quiz that is within your Learning Assistant account under British Values. 

Once you have completed this quiz, your assessor will mark it and discuss your answers.



Rachel Hales | Designated Safeguarding Lead

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