British Values and Citizenship

Cohesion and Respect for Fundamental British Values

The promotion of fundamental British Values is central to the life of our school.  These are mapped against the curriculum and referenced particularly in Citizenship studies, religious studies, history and geography, English, Art and Music.

Students also learn values by applying them – through House and Year Group activities, collective worship, the co-curricular offer, student democracy and leadership, and the Duke of Edinburgh Award.


Students have one hour per week of Citizenship in years 7 and 8.

The timetabling of citizenship as a distinct subject represents the contextual challenges of promoting social integration and fundamental British values. The Citizenship curriculum promotes British values and provides students with the knowledge and skills to play a full and active part in society. Students learn about human rights, democracy, government and how laws are made and upheld; the development of the political system of democratic government in the United Kingdom, including the roles of citizens, Parliament and the monarch; the history of suffrage, the importance of elections and the role of political parties. They will understand why we have rules and laws, their origins and the role of the police and the operation of courts and tribunals; the roles played by public institutions and voluntary groups in society, and the ways in which citizens work together to improve their communities, including opportunities to participate in school-based activities

Through the curriculum teachers ensure students have the skills and knowledge to explore political and social issues critically, to weigh evidence, debate and make reasoned arguments.

Through units on Active Citizenship students are provided with meaningful opportunities to understand how to be responsible, active citizens who contribute positively to society. When exploring contemporary issues students understand how to contribute to informed debate and the importance of respect and tolerance when others might hold different views to yourself.

The Brian Clarke Church of England Academy is proud to be part of the Cranmer Education Trust

Cranmer Education Trust is a company limited by guarantee and an exempt charity registered in England. Company registration number: 07687709. Registered Office: Cranmer Education Trust, c/o The Blue Coat School, Egerton Street, Oldham OL1 3SQ. The website address is and the phone number 0161 785 5082.