British Values books as featured in The Times November 2016

Children’s guide to all things British

As our new British Values series is launched today at a special schools’ event at Woburn Abbey, we were delighted with the piece in The Times promoting the series.


Almost two years ago the Department for Education issued guidance requiring every school to ‘promote the basic British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance for those of different faiths and beliefs’.

Whilst the guidance became effective immediately many primary schools have been struggling to explain challenging concepts and ideas that even A Level students struggle with.

Published this month the British Values series of Key Stage 2 books responds directly to the Department for Education guidance on promoting fundamental British values as part of Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural education in schools.

The British Values series is a range of books to help schools meet their requirement to promote the fundamental British values with each title adopting one of the key British Values themes of:

  • Democracy
  • The rule of law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs

Developed with the advice and input of primary school teachers, the British Values series has been specifically created for the needs of 7 to 11 year olds to provide key fundamental British values content in a highly accessible and enjoyable format.

What primary school teachers are saying about the British Values series:

  • ‘A great resource! This is just what schools have been waiting for.’
  • ‘A springboard for great lesson ideas covering British Values.’
  • ‘Easy to use lesson ideas that will fit neatly into our topic plans.’
  • ‘Great illustrations and clear activities for teachers and children to follow.’
  • ‘Can be used as stand alone citizenship books or as part of wider topics.’
  • ‘We love the mix of informative text, glossaries, engaging discussion topics and research activities’
  • ‘Bring on Key Stage 1 please!’
  • ‘Brilliant as non-fiction texts for Guided Reading.’
  • ‘Really informative and accessible text for KS2 children.’
  • ‘Clear and informative text and illustrations that engage KS2 readers -a great resource for exploring British Values.’
  • ‘Some difficult concepts clearly explained.’
  • ‘A great resource covering difficult concepts of judicial independence and the Rule of Law in an engaging manner.’
  • ‘Clear layout and fun illustrations make these books an engaging way of exploring British Values.’

An ideal support to teaching citizenship, each book in the series explores key aspects of the fundamental British values of:

  • Democracy

Let’s Vote On It!  An introduction to democracy and the workings of Parliament and explains why it is so important for citizens to play their part in the democratic process.

  •  The rule of law

It’s The Law!  An introduction to the legal system and how living under the rule of law protects individual citizens.

  • Mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs

Our Country, Our World provides an introduction to the wide-range of cultural traditions in multi-cultural Britain and encourages students to acquire an appreciation of, and respect for, their own and other cultures.

  • Individual liberty

Looking After Britain –  An explanation of the public sector and how Britain looks after its citizens: from the military, to education, health and government.

God Bless The Queen – An introduction to the life of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and her role as monarch.

The British Values series is supported by two colour posters and a set of British Values stickers that pupils can use to record topics.

Find out more about our British Values resources HERE

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