Take a look at the ideas below, they will help you build your school’s British Values strategy
Hold a weekly ‘Big Class Debate’ to help pupils understand the importance of respecting the views of others
- Ask the class for their ideas of topics that are important to them
- Start with a motion, for example, ‘this class believes believes children should help about the home to get pocket money’ or ‘this class believes children shouldn’t be made to wear school uniform’
- Brainstorm ideas for and against
- Allocate pupils into teams on either side of the debate
- Get each side to prepare a speech in support of their argument and encourage pupils to try to provide evidence to support their point of view
- Hear the speeches – but make clear that different points of view should be listened to and
challenged in a respectful way
- Keep a poster record of each term’s debate topics.
Promoting British Values also involves helping students distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil and criminal law of England.
Encourage your class to become ‘Legal Eaglets’ and share with the class their own examples from the media of legal ‘right or wrong-doing’.
Record your results on your British Values poster (see resources page) and get a Legal Eaglet badge if they can bring an example to show the class either
- How and why a law protects us
- How and way breaking a law was wrong
Download great Lesson Plans on the following from www.parliament.uk
- Changing things and getting your message across
- Making decisions together: School Council Role Play
- Formal debating
Visit the Houses of Parliament – Chamber Chat tour and workshop
Through role play and group work, pupils will learn about the roles of the people that work in the House of Commons and the House of Lords. By experiencing first-hand the excitement of the Lords and Commons chambers in action, in the new 360° chamber spaces, pupils will have an insight into how our democracy functions.
Your visit might include:
- A visit to the Commons and/or Lords gallery to observe the MPs or Lords debating
- Central Lobby, at the very heart of the Parliamentary Estate
- Stephen’s Hall, the home of the original House of Commons
- Westminster Hall, the last remaining part of the original Palace
For more information on how to book a tour visit the Houses of Parliament website HERE