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British Values Policy

St Mary’s CEVA Primary School

We want our children to become responsible, active citizens who participate in democracy and public life with respect for diversity and a commitment to working towards greater community cohesion. Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education emphasises the difference between right and wrong and respecting and tolerating differences in a very diverse and modern Britain. We have planned a curriculum that will enable children to make progress towards these aims. Through engaging lessons and appropriate activities, we can give them all a better understanding of themselves and others in the ‘community of communities’ in which they live. We can secure and influence behaviour and attendance and encourage further involvement and commitment to education.


British values and related school values




Examples of how these are developed in our school and wider curriculum


  • To understand and respect the democratic process
  • To understand how they can influence decision making through a democratic process
  • To understand how to argue and defend a point of view
  • To understand the importance of team work
  • Pupils are listened to by adults and are taught to listen carefully and with compassion, to each other, respecting the right of every individual to have their opinions and voices heard
  • Children learn about democracy in their topics and literacy work, eg Guy Fawkes (KS1), Stuarts, Victorians, WW2 (KS2).
  • Key questions for children at the beginning of new topics ‘What do I know already and what do I want to learn?’
  • PSHEE & RE lessons
  • Termly values in collective worship
  • School vision
  • School Council
  • Sports Leaders
  • Children all contribute to their class rules
  • Pupil perceptions are carried out regularly by staff and Governors

The rule of law

  • Ability to recognise the difference between right and wrong and apply this to their own lives
  • Ability to accept responsibility for their behaviour
  • To understand the consequences of their behaviour and actions
  • Ability to resolve conflict
  • Understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality and society more widely
  • To understand that living under the rule of law protects them and is essential for their well-being and safety
  • Children learn about democracy in their topics.
  • Values for Life in collective worship.
  • PSHEE & RE lessons. Visitors in school eg police
  • Classroom rules
  • Behaviour policy – actions have consequences
  • Anti-Bullying Policy
  • Guidance within school regularly given about conduct, arrangements around events eg what to do when they are in church services.
  • Supporting local groups in the area.


Individual liberty

  • To understand rights and responsibilities
  • Children learn about liberty in their topics.
  • Pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment
  • School rules
  • PSHEE and RE lessons
  • Values in Collective Worship.
  • Classroom rules
  • Choice of challenges within lessons
  • E-safety heightened awareness

Mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs

  • Reflective about their own beliefs, religious or otherwise that inform their interest in and respect for different people’s faiths, feelings and values
  • Reflective about their own experiences
  • Interest in investigating and offering reasoned views about moral and ethical issues and being able to understand and appreciate the viewpoints of others
  • Use a range of social skills in different contexts, including working and socialising with pupils from different religions, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds
  • Participate in a variety of communities and social settings, cooperating well with others
  • Understanding and appreciation of the range of different cultures within school and further afield as an essential part of their preparation for life in modern Britain
  • Understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity as shown by their tolerance and attitudes
  • Children learn about respect and tolerance in their topics.
  • PSHEE & RE lessons
  • Values in Collective Worship
  • A range of different resources are used to support the entire curriculum to help pupils understand and welcome diversity
  • School rules
  • Equalities policy
  • Children working in curriculum areas in different groupings
  • Participation in community based activities
  • Visitors are invited into school to enrich and extend children’s understanding
  • Children visit religious places such as the mosque, Hindu temple.


At St Mary’s Christian values are central to our school ethos, they help guide and support both pupils and staff. Parents are encouraged to support our values and within these British values play such a big part. We will actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British values, including ‘extremist views’. In this way we have developed a safe and secure environment for our children to grow.


British Values link well with our Christian Values