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British Values in History

The promotion of British values is deeply embedded within historical studies. Students gain an appreciation of the importance of democracy through studies at Key Stage 3 of early attempts to improve the democratic rights of ordinary people, such as the Peasants’ Revolt and the Suffragettes. At Key Stage 4 students investigate the formation of democracy in Germany through the formation of the Weimar Republic, and the subsequent slide into dictatorship. At Key Stage 5 students investigate the development of democracy through the 19th Century, from the 1832 Great Reform Act to the introduction of Universal Adult Suffrage in 1928.

The rule of law is investigated through a study of the development of crime and punishment at Key Stage 3. At Key Stage 4 students investigate how the Nazi circumvented the rule of law, and the consequences of allowing this to happen. At Key Stage 5 students investigate the implications of the lack of respect for the sovereignty of different nations during the Cold War.

Individual liberty is explored at Key Stage 3 through, for example, a study of the Miners’ Strike and the right to freedom of association and peaceful protest. At Key Stages 4 and 5 students study Stalinism and the lack of freedoms of many within the Eastern Bloc.

Mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs is investigated at Key Stage 3 through, for example, studies of the positive and negatives of socialism at the time of the Russian Revolution. At Key Stage 4 students investigate the victims of the Holocaust, including Jews, gypsies, and also homosexuals, and why it is important o avoid negative stereotypes. At Key Stage 5 students investigate the different cultures and political beliefs within the Eastern Bloc, and evaluate the Cold War from both and orthodox and revisionist viewpoint. 

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