British Values in Politics

We feel that the Politics KS5 curriculum teaches many of the core British values.

  • Students study the development of law and order by looking at the role of the judiciary in Britain and America
  • Students study parliamentary systems in Britain and America
  • Students study the impact of religion and religious freedom by looking at the role of the Church in British politics and the separation of religion and state in America
  • Students study how citizens can contribute positively to society through their study of political participation and pluralism in Britain and America

Respecting civil and criminal law

Through the study of Politics, students develop a knowledge, appreciation and understanding of:

  • The judiciary in Britain and America. Students learn about the structure of the court systems and the role of government in passing legislation and sentencing requirements
  • Judicial independence in Britain
  • Judicial neutrality in Britain
  • The power of judicial review in America
  • The role of the citizen in law; students learn about civil liberties and rights and responsibilities that citizens have
  • Sentencing and the penal systems in Britain and America

Appreciate the viewpoints of others on ethical issues

Through the study of Politics, students develop a knowledge, appreciation and understanding of:

  • The Human Rights Act. Students study case studies using the HRA and debate if it is fit for purpose
  • The American Bill of Rights. Students study the development and impact of the Bill of Rights and how it impacts on modern-day America, e.g. the debate about capital punishment

Acceptance and engagement with the fundamental British values of democracy

Through the study of Politics, students develop a knowledge, appreciation and understanding of:

  • Parliamentary democracy in Britain and America
  • Local, regional and national governments in Britain
  • Local, state and federal governments in America and the challenges of federalism
  • The British and American political systems
  • Laws and why we need them

Contribute positively to life in Modern Britain

Through the study of Politics, students actively contribute positively through:

  • Learning about the importance of democracy and voting
  • Teaching others in the school community about the importance of democracy and voting through PSCHE
  • Students have helped to run a Mock Election to mirror the 2015 General election
  • Students have led presentations and Q and A sessions about key political issues, e.g. the EU referendum
  • Students have participated actively in local Youth Parliamentelections and online petitions
  • Students visit the Houses of Parliament and 10 Downing Street to see British democracy in action
  • Students are encouraged to contact their local MPs
  • Many students work alongside their local MPs, or constituency parties. Some have campaigned in elections.
  • Some students have witnessed PMQs first-hand from the public balcony in the House of Commons

Actively fighting extremism and radicalisation

Through the study of Politics, students actively contribute positively through:

  • Regular discussions on extremism and radicalisation as part of our overall study of global politics
  • Study of civil liberties and rights and responsibilities
  • Discussions about key issues in Britain and America, e.g. EDL and the riots in Ferguson, Missouri