The Department for Education (DfE, 2014) published guidance on promoting British values in schools to ensure young people leave education prepared for life in ‘Modern Britain’ Ofsted (2014, cited in DFE, 2014, p.5) define the fundamental British Values as:

  • Democracy
  • The Rule of Law
  • Individual Liberty
  • Mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs

The fundamental British Values underpin what it is to be a citizen in a modern and diverse Great Britain. Here at the University of Bolton we want to ensure all our members understand the importance of these values and can apply them to create an environment free from discrimination and intolerance.

As a student, you will be encouraged to become a responsible learner, to think critically, question appropriately and to understand the importance of respect for others. This is achieved by students developing their knowledge and understanding of diversities or society, exploring cultural differences, appreciating these and taking responsibility for their actions and behaviours.

In this section, you will learn more about the fundamental British Values, why they are important and explore how we can promote British Values across all of our activities.

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Prevent and Safeguarding Policies

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Reference List

Department for Education. (2014) Promoting fundamental British values as part of SMSC in schools. [Online] Available from:
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Equality Act 2010, c.15. [Online] Available from: [Accessed 1 February 2022].