Fundamental British Values underpin what it is to be a citizen in a modern and diverse Great Britain valuing our community and celebrating the diversity of the UK. These mirror the Harwich and Dovercourt High School principles, values and vision of the school.
Fundamental British Values are not exclusive to being British and are shared by other democratic countries as a way of creating an orderly society, where individual members can feel safe, valued and can contribute for the good of themselves and others.
- Democracy – A culture built upon freedom and equality, where everyone is aware of their rights and responsibilities. Examples include Team meetings and joint decision making.
‘An understanding of how citizens can influence decision-making through a democratic process’
- Rule of Law – The need for rules to make a happy, safe and secure environment to live and work. Examples include Agreed ways of working, policies and procedures.
‘An appreciation that living under the rule of law protects individual citizens is essential for their wellbeing and safety’
- Respect and Tolerance – Understanding that we all don’t share the same beliefs and values. Respecting the values, ideas and beliefs of others whilst not imposing our own others.
‘An understanding of the importance of identifying and combating discrimination’
‘An acceptance that other people have different faiths and beliefs to oneself (or having none) should be accepted and tolerated, and should not be the cause of prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour’
- Individual Liberty – Protection of your rights and the right of others you work with.
‘An understanding that the freedom to choose and hold other faiths and beliefs is protected in law’