British values

At Bedford College we actively promote the core values of British society. We provide a range of opportunities to explore these values within our study programmes, enrichment activities and college events to prepare our students for life and work in modern Britain.

Democracy

Our learners can develop an understanding of how citizens can influence decision-making through their elected representatives or their own lawful actions through:

  • Student representatives for individual courses
  • The Student Voice group
  • Student surveys
  • ‘Have Your Say’ (compliments, suggestions and complaints)
  • Voter registration days
  • Bite the Ballot campaign
  • Executive Question Time
  • Student conference

The Rule of Law

Our learners can develop an understanding of the equal treatment of everyone using the same framework of rules and regulations through:

  • Induction
  • Code of conduct for students
  • College and workplace regulations, policies and procedures

Individual Liberty

Our learners can develop respect for our freedoms as individuals and the responsibilities they imply, and an understanding of the circumstances where freedoms may be restricted for the good of all through:

  • Choice of clubs and activities
  • National Careers week
  • Money skills
  • Careers advice and guidance to support individual choices and progression
  • Safeguarding, and all other college policies and procedures

Respect and tolerance for all backgrounds and cultures, ages, genders, sexualities, religions and beliefs

Our learners can develop an understanding and experience of mutual respect through:

  • Equality and Diversity Festival
  • Tutorials on anti-bullying, cyberbullying and respect
  • Driving safety
  • Peer support
  • Mental health awareness day
  • LGBTQIA group
  • Trans support group
  • Multi-faith prayer room
  • Celebration of diverse faiths and cultures
  • Work experience

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