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British Values

The Government emphasises that schools are required to ensure that key ‘British Values’ are taught in all UK schools.  The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy.

The five British Values are:

  • Democracy

  • The rule of law

  • Individual liberty

  • Mutual respect

  • Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs


We use National Curriculum guidance and beyond to secure such outcomes for pupils.   The examples that follow show some of the many ways we embed British Values.

ValueHow we promote it
  • Our pupil selected School Council teaches about the importance of democracy.
  • Our pupil selected eco council teaches about the importance of democracy.
  • Our pupils have the opportunity to take part in fund raising events for local and national charities.
  • Democracy is also promoted through daily decision making, PSHE lessons, history lessons, Religious Education and whole school assemblies. 
The rule of Law
  • Our behaviour policy exemplifies high expectations of pupil conduct.  Pupils are rewarded for exhibiting good and caring behaviour and consistently demonstration of our values.
  • Through our PSHE lessons, our pupils are taught how to be trusting and respectful.  They are supported to develop a strong sense of morality; knowing right from wrong and doing the right thing even when it’s difficult.
  • Pupils are taught about equality and mutual respect for all and this is reinforced through our behaviour policy.
  • Pupils are frequently taught about the rule of law through whole school assemblies.
Individual Liberty
  • Through our school values and PSHE lessons, pupils are taught about personal responsibility, choices, ambition and aspiration.  They are encouraged to take opportunities to follow their own interests in art, sport etc.
  • Pupils are taught how to keep themselves safe, including on-line.  This is done through computing lessons, e-safety days, assemblies and outside organisations such as the NSPCC, as well as through the PSHE curriculum.
  • Through our pastoral support, we reinforce the importance of making the right choices.
  • We provide boundaries for pupils to make informed choices, through a safe environment and an empowering education.  
  • Vulnerable pupils are protected and there is a strong anti-bullying culture within our school.  We have anti-bullying themed weeks and all staff and pupils take an active part in these.  The school operates a robust policy of logging incidents. 
Mutual Respect
  • Our behaviour policy exemplifies high expectations of pupil conduct and this is shared with and agreed by all pupils.
  • Through our school’s values, PSHE and circle time, pupils are taught to respect each other; to be cooperative and collaborative; be supportive and to look for similarities while being understanding of differences.
  • Mutual respect is an expectation of all our pupils and is promoted through daily lessons, PSHE lessons and whole school assemblies.
  • During Religious Education lessons, pupils learn about a range of faiths and beliefs and how differences can enrich life experiences. 

Tolerance of different faiths, beliefs and those who have no belief  (Respect, Tolerance and      Understanding)

  • Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs is promoted through the Religious Education curriculum.  Pupils learn about different religions, their beliefs, places of worship and festivals, and learn about those who have no faith or beliefs.
  • Special assemblies are held celebrating significant religious festivals.
  • Mutual respect is embraced throughout the curriculum by providing the opportunity for pupils to express their views in a safe environment. 
  • Through the PSHE curriculum, pupils are encouraged to discuss and respect differences between people such as, different faiths, ethnicity, disabilities, gender, sexuality and different types of families.