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Promoting British Values

All have a duty to 'actively 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. These values were first set out by the government in the 'Prevent' strategy in 2011. 

Through our SMSC curriculum, we plan learning to develop an understanding of these values and promote them regularly in the following ways.




Learners are encouraged to voice their opinions through discussions and activities, enabling them to have a wider understanding of subjects in a safe environment. We encourage learners to view their role in the wider picture, highlighting that their views count, respect each other’s opinions and values and talk about their feelings. We encourage democracy in action and learners sharing views. They will be given opportunities to develop enquiring minds, where questions are valued and differences respected.  This is developed through:

  • United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child
  • School Councils
  • P4C 
  • Promoting values through the curriculum
  • Class and assembly discussions
  • Pupil and parent/carer questionnaires


The Rule of Law

Everyone encounters rules and laws throughout their lives.  Learners will understand that whether these laws govern their learning, their neighbourhood or the country, they are set for good reason and must be adhered to.  We have high expectations of our children and reinforce this through:

  • School norms
  • Behaviour and Relationships Policy
  • Restorative Approach
  • Rights Respecting Class Charters
  • Anti-Bullying Policy
  • Home School Agreements
  • Codes of Conduct for all members of the School Community
  • Opportunities to reflect on learning and behaviour
  • Discussing right and wrong through assemblies, circle time and PHSE lessons
  • School links with the Police Community Support Officer (PCSO)
  • Staff and student internet safety expectations


Individual Liberty

We encourage a warm, positive and inclusive culture in our school, so learners feel safe.  We encourage choice and freedom. Debate is valued to ensure learners are able to have freedom of speech to voice their opinions. The children are taught that having the liberty to make choices is both a right and responsibility. This is reinforced in the following ways:

  • Children are actively encouraged to make choices across the curriculum
  • Choice of extra-curricular activities and clubs
  • PSHE and E-Safety lessons
  • P4C discussions
  • Incorporating our values across the curriculum
  • Assemblies and curriculum lessons promote the UNICEF Children's Rights


Mutual Respect

Learners treat each other and staff with respect.  We are an inclusive school where everyone is valued and makes a positive contribution to the school.  Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others and we reinforce this through:

  • High expectations of behaviour and respect for each other
  • Assemblies and Newsletters promoting Children's Rights
  • P4C discussions
  • Teaching and learning through the RE curriculum
  • E-Safety lessons and assemblies
  • Anti-Bullying Week activities
  • Well-being Warriors
  • Sports Play Leaders
  • PE and Sports Partnership activities


Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs

Tolerance through knowledge and understanding helps learners to become respectful citizens who can build a better society. We foster tolerance through an appreciation and awareness of disability, equality, race and understanding of those with different faiths and beliefs.  Children have a range of curricular opportunities to reflect on these beliefs, cultures and values.  These are reinforced through:

  • RE curriculum
  • Visits to different places of worship
  • Equalities Policy
  • Accessibility Plan
  • Class and whole school assemblies celebrating religious festivals
  • P4C discussions
  • Black History Month focus
  • Interfaith Day
  • Ensuring stereotypes are challenged and our multicultural society is reflected in our school
To view how we incorporate ‘Promoting British Values’ into our assemblies, please see our yearly planner by following the link: