British Values


The DfE states that there is a requirement:

“to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”

The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy. At our school these values are addressed in the following ways:

  • Democracy: Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our Pupil Council and Pupil questionnaires. Our school policy on positive behaviour and discipline clearly references our school’s values and involves rewards and sanctions; this is shared through all aspects of school life and also shared with parents, carers and children.
  • The Rule of Law: The importance of  rules and laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are reinforced throughout regular school PSHE lessons, as well as through whole school assemblies. Visits from authorities such as the Police and  Fire Service are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message.
  • Individual Liberty: Children are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for the children to enable them to make positive and appropriate decisions in relation to their behaviour.  Children are given the freedom to make choices and to respect the decisions and choices of others.
  • Mutual Respect: Our school ethos and behaviour policy revolves around core values such as honesty and responsibility.  Assemblies related to what these values mean are central to promoting respect.  
  • Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs: This is achieved through enhancing pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed and further supported by learning in RE and PSHE. Our RE curriculum, teaches the main faiths and focuses upon learning about religion and learning from religion, we promote tolerance of the beliefs of others.