Core themes: What are British Values?

Government agencies are consistent in their definition of British Values as:

“Democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”

DfE, Home Office via Prevent, Ofsted

We asked three experts to give us their unique perspective on what British Values mean to them: Richard Burge from the Foreign Office (find out about his work here), Sara Khan from women’s rights organisation Inspire (filmed for our counter-extremism resource), and Warhorse author Michael Morpurgo (who we filmed for our ReadingZone Live resource).

Whilst all three work in very different areas and approach the issues from slightly different angles (sometimes using different terms), you will notice a similar thread running through their answers.

Richard Burge: What are British Values?
Sara Khan: What are British Values?
Michael Morpurgo on British Values in Education: Does your writing promote British Values?

Please also read What do British Values look like in schools? for further discussion of DfE and Ofsted expectations and advice.