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British Values


About This Course

This course will look again at what it means to work with young children in a way that values community and celebrates diversity. Fundamental British Values are not exclusive to being British and the values are also shared by other democratic countries. These values should help children to feel part of their own orderly society, where individual members can feel safe, valued and can also contribute for the good of themselves and others.

Luckily, the fundamental British values of democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance for those with different faiths and beliefs are already implicitly embedded in the Early Years Foundation Stage and within Montessori practice. This provides a positive foundation to practice in all early years settings and while this course is not exhaustive it should provide some pointers on ways to incorporate these important themes into practice whether you are a childminder, a parent or working in a nursery, a school or in a children’s centre.

What You'll Learn

This course will: Revisit the Prevent Duty (2015) and the concept of ‘radicalisation’; Identify and distinguish between Fundamental British Values; Re-examine your role in supporting children in promoting Fundamental British Values.


There are no requirements to take this course, just an interest in education and supporting diversity.

Course Staff

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Hannah Khiani

Hannah Khiani worked as a tutor at MCI on the Diploma Course, EYE and Foundation Degree and as a Teaching Practice tutor. She currently works in a Montessori School, in London, and is also an accredited SchemaPlay trainer. In 2018, she published a booklet for practitioners to share with children which explores the idea of democracy through listening to others, taking turns and the freedom to make choices. The booklet is called ‘Do you want to play with me?’.

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Jeremy Clarke

Jeremy joined the MCI academic team in 2013. He previously taught in Nursery and Reception age classes for 13 years and was at Gorton Mount Primary when it became the first state school in the UK to adopt the Montessori approach. At MCI he is Head of Digital Education. He is also an assessor for MEAB, the Montessori Evaluation and Accreditation Board. He received his BA (QTS) in Environmental Science and Outdoor Studies in Ambleside. He completed his Montessori Diploma at MCI. Jeremy will be online every week to respond to the discussion.

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