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Promoting fundamental British values

Early Years Foundation Stage

In November 2014, the Department for Education (DfE) published guidance for maintained schools on promoting British values in schools to ensure young people leave school prepared for life in modern Britain.

There is a similar requirement for early years settings, set out in Early education and childcare, published in September 2014, in that early years settings should actively promote fundamental British values and not promote views or theories as fact which are contrary to established scientific or historical evidence and explanations.

In particular, paragraph A4.24 of the statutory guidance states that:

Local authorities should respond to substantive and well-evidenced concerns regarding fundamental British values or the promotion of views and theories contrary to established scientific or historical evidence and explanations brought to their attention. Where the local authority has reasonable grounds to believe that one or more of the criteria set out in A4.23 applies [i.e. not actively promoting fundamental British values or promoting as fact views or theories which are contrary to established scientific or historical evidence and explanations], the local authority should withdraw [early education] funding.

The fundamental British values of democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance for those with different faiths and beliefs are already implicitly embedded in the 2014 Early Years Foundation Stage. 

The Foundation Years website has produced a document with examples to demonstrate what this means in practice.

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Monday, 18 May, 2015
Last updated: 18 May 2015 by Barry Fong