British Values


Democracy can be seen as a state of society characterised by equality of rights and privileges.  It can also refer to our nation’s electoral systems.  When you are 18 you are allowed to vote.  Every five years adults have the right to vote for a new government to run the country.  It is their job to make decisions on behalf of the people of Great Britain.

In school we promote the importance of democracy through such things as:

– We vote for two people in each class to be members of the school council.  These children represent a voice for each class.

– We are encouraged to make decisions in class by voting.  We vote for lots of different reasons such as; what activities we should do, what film we watch at the end of term.  Voting is done by a show of hands.

– We sometimes take part in school surveys that ask our opinion on things, this helps the school make decisions based on the things we like.

Rule of Law

All people and institutions are subject to and accountable to law, that is fairly applied and enforced.  As a society we must respect and adhere to the law.

In school we promote the importance of the rule of law through such things as:

– We follow and abide by the schools rules.

– There is a shared classroom code of practice.

– We know that there are consequences to our actions.

– Homework is completed when asked.

– We come to school on time.

– We understand that rules in school are developed to support and prepare us for the world of work (attendance, dress code, punctuality).

Mutual Respect

The proper regard for an individual’s dignity which is reciprocated.

In school we promote the importance of mutual respect through such things as:

– We work together to help one another.

– We respect each other’s physical space.

– We respect other’s contribution during class discussions.

– We use our strengths to support others in our class.

– We respect each other’s opinion and acknowledge that there should be freedom of speech for all people even if we don’t agree with them.

Tolerance of Those With Different Faiths & Beliefs

A fair, objective and permissive attitude to those whose faith and beliefs may differ from our own.

In school we promote the importance of tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs through such things as:

– We learn about the meaning of Christmas and Easter.

– We learn about other traditions, customs and religious practices and how they strengthen the mixed community we live in.

– We hold other faith assemblies.

– We listen carefully to other people’s point of view.

– We discuss how diversity makes us what we are today.

Individual Liberty

Individual liberty suggests the free exercise of rights generally seen as outside Government control.  This includes ‘Freedom of Speech’.  This is the right to articulate one’s opinion and ideas without fear of government retaliation or punishment.

In school we promote the importance of individual liberty through such things as:

– Having the opportunity to pursue our interests through a range of extra-curricular activities and clubs.

– We are encouraged to voice our views in lessons in a formative manner.

– We can make our own choices and understand that there are rewards and consequences for our actions.

– We have the chance to choose the learning challenge that suits us and are encourage to stretch ourselves to reach our potential.

– We have the freedom to express an opinion in a respectful way but not impose it on others.