British Values in Science

Democracy

Pupils and students are made aware of the role of the democratic process in developing and upholding laws regarding scientific developments and processes.  This links with the role of regulatory authorities in monitoring and regulating scientific research and development.

The Rule of Law

Pupils and students look at different aspects of Science that are affected by laws and consider why laws are required to regulate scientific research. Pupils are encouraged to think about the reasoning behind these laws and how they affect scientists and the wider population.  Pupils and students are also encouraged to consider the roles of the Police, National Health Service and the Justice system in developing and upholding the laws which relate to Science and scientific research.

Pupils and students study the impact that scientific research has on everyday life.  They study the scientific processes that lead to ground breaking discoveries and look at how these develop into inventions that become part of society.  They are also encouraged to look at how the scientific process has developed over time and the importance of regulation and testing to ensure the safety of new technology.

Pupils take part in the ‘I’m a scientist- get me out of here’ programme which allows them to communicate with scientists and to talk about their work.  Year 12 students take part in the Engineering Education Scheme in conjunction with Airbus. 

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9 Genetic engineering, cloning, recreational drugs.

Year 10 Drug development, IVF treatment, embryo screening

Year 11 DNA fingerprinting.

Year 12

Year 13 Uses of animals in research

Individual Liberty

The rights of the individual are important and pupils and students are made aware of this with regards to Science and scientific developments.  Many recent developments challenge the idea of what belongs to the individual and this needs to be discussed for pupils and students to be aware of how these ideas can be challenged.

Mutual Respect

Science lessons foster a culture of mutual respect where pupils and students are encouraged to give their own opinions in a safe and supportive environment.  Pupils and students take account of each others viewpoints whilst forming their own opinions.

Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs

Pupils and students are encouraged to consider the many different viewpoints that may be held with regard to ethical issues.  They are required to give considered arguments for both sides and then draw their own conclusions using evidence.  This can be done in many different ways including written work, debates and structured group work using varied sources. 

Year 7 Organ transplants

Year 8

Year 9 Genetic engineering, cloning, recreational drugs.

Year 10 Drug development, IVF treatment, embryo screening

Year 11 DNA fingerprinting.

Year 12

Year 13 Uses of animals in research