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British Val­ues

Not­ting­ham Col­lege is pos­i­tive­ly com­mit­ted to cre­at­ing an inclu­sive envi­ron­ment which is free from dis­crim­i­na­tion and where there is mutu­al respect and equal­i­ty for all.

The Col­lege is ded­i­cat­ed to pro­mot­ing val­ues which help to devel­op a strong sense of com­mu­ni­ty and social and moral respon­si­bil­i­ty by:

  • Cre­at­ing envi­ron­ments which are free from dis­crim­i­na­tion, intol­er­ance, and hate
  • Chal­leng­ing prej­u­dice and stereotyping
  • Strength­en­ing rela­tion­ships by enabling and under­stand­ing of peo­ple and com­mu­ni­ties beyond our own imme­di­ate experience
  • Allow­ing peo­ple to be who they are with­out prejudice
  • Ensur­ing stu­dents under­stand the impor­tance of respect and leave the col­lege ful­ly pre­pared to live and work in mod­ern Britain and the world as respon­si­ble citizens

The Depart­ment of Edu­ca­tion has pub­lished guid­ance on pro­mot­ing British val­ues in edu­ca­tion. British val­ues are defined as:


Everyone has a role in influencing decision making, at national, local and community level. At Nottingham College this could include students exercising their democratic influence through forums, student council, or feedback mechanisms. Students have influence for example on which charities to support, or on developing procedures to improve their experience whilst at College.

The Rule of Law

This relates to an understanding of the importance of having laws and the consequence of breaking them, accepting that no one is above the law. It is about individuals having an understanding of their rights and responsibilities, as students, employees, consumers, service users and citizens in society. At Nottingham College this could include encouraging students to accept responsibility for their behaviour; enabling them to distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil and criminal law of the country.

Individual Liberty

This relates to rights and responsibilities as citizens; the right to act, believe and express oneself in a manner of one’s own choosing. This requires an understanding of the balance between freedom of speech and expression and the potential negative impact on others. At College, this could include enabling students to understand the impact of their own behaviour on others and encouraging students to become responsible individuals who actively participate in their own development.

Mutual Respect and Tolerance for Others (such as people of hold different faiths)

These values underpin the work we do and are promoted through our systems, practices and procedures and all aspects of the student journey.