Bedlington Academy British values hero

British values and PREVENT

Schools are now expected to focus on, and be able to show, how we work with students to effectively embed fundamental British values into learning. The government set out their definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, which were reinforced in September 2014. These new regulations sit alongside the requirements of the Equalities Act, which also applies to all types of schools.

Bedlington Academy promotes the fundamental British values of democracy; individual liberty; the rule of law; mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.


Democracy can be seen as a state of society characterised by equality of rights and privileges. It can also refer to our nation’s electoral systems. At Bedlington Academy we promote the importance of democracy through:

  • the free and fair process for student positions of responsibility (e.g. peer mentors) as well as staff responsibility within school
  • students attending student representatives meetings.
  • students taking part in the annual Northumberland youth elections
  • having their voice heard on key school decisions through our Student Voice scheme.


Individual liberty suggests the free exercise of rights generally seen as outside of government control. At Bedlington Academy we promote the importance of individual liberty through:

  • the increased liberty afforded to students as they move up through the years - for example sixth form are allowed to leave the site at break and dinner times
  • extra-curricular activities and clubs, including work experience opportunities in Year 11
  • students being encouraged to voice views in a formative manner through student representatives and senior students in sixth form.
  • students being offered autonomy over choices regarding academic pathways
  • elements of choice in the canteen with healthy boundaries.


All people and institutions are subject to and are accountable to law that is fairly applied and enforced. At Bedlington Academy we promote the importance of the rule of law through:

  • shared school ‘non-negotiables’ for staff and students with regards to conduct
  • marking and feedback, and homework policies set clear boundaries that are explained clearly to students
  • stressing accountability to everyone including staff (through teacher’s standards and performance management), students (through non-negotiables as set out in the school's behaviour policy) and governors.


Mutual respect means having proper regard for people's dignity. At Bedlington Academy we promote the importance of mutual respect through our code of conduct policy and through:

  • a smart dress code for all students and staff
  • clear guidance on expectations of good behaviour in and around the school as set out in our behaviour policy
  • mutual respect being promoted through skills developed in lessons, assemblies, PSHE days and in our personal development programme
  • our Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural (SMSC) programme that is evident throughout the school and in lesson plans and schemes of work 
  • health days at the end of the year that promote SMSC
  • literacy marking that links to an SMSC theme every fortnight.


At Bedlington Academy we see this as a fair, objective and permissive attitude to those whose faith and beliefs may differ from our own. We promote the importance of tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs through:

  • religious studies that is taught to all students across all key stages
  • assembly programmes and guidance programmes that explore different faiths and beliefs.