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Promoting British Values

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Promoting British Values and Preparing our Pupils for Life in Modern Britain


The DfE have recently reinforced the need for schools 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, and these values have been reiterated by the Prime Minister this year.  At St. Matthias CE Primary School these values are regularly reinforced in the following ways:


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Children across the school are involved in democratic processes where they have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council and Pupil Questionnaires.

School Council representatives are elected by their peers and have a responsibility to report back to the rest of their class.

School Council have regular meetings and children are encouraged to contribute ideas.

Children are involved in the staff recruitment process for Senior Leadership Positions

There is a fair and consistent Behaviour Policy with agreed rewards and sanctions


  • School values displayed throughout school
  • Increase opportunities for children to engage in democratic processes

The Rule of Law

The children learn from an early age that we are all subject to the Rule of Law which applies in this country. The importance of Laws, as applicable to the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. The children understand how laws are there to protect us; keeping us safe. They acknowledge their responsibility to uphold laws and understand the consequences when laws are broken.

Children are taught from an early age the rules of the school, the value and the reasons behind these rules, the responsibilities that these involve and the consequences when these are broken.

The Positive Behaviour Policy is shared with all stakeholders

Zone boards are used to reinforce rules.

Children reflect regularly on their learning during lessons and their behaviour during assemblies

Annual Parent / Carers questionnaires include questions which relate to behaviour, safety etc.

Links with Police Officers and other services who support the importance of laws are encouraged.

Throughout the year, assemblies link to the law e.g. school rules, anti-bullying

Anti-bullying Week and E-safety Day help children to understand how to behave towards each other and how to be safe
  • Police officer visit to each class to discuss their role

Personal Responsibility and Individual Liberty

Within school, 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 our children to make these choices safely, through our provision of a safe environment. We encourage the children to express and justify their opinions; exercising their rights and personal freedoms. As a school, we celebrate every individual and children are treated from this viewpoint.

Regular discussion times, challenging activities and e-safety lessons enable the children to listen and make informed choices 

A range of daily after school activities are offered and the children are given the freedom to choose which they would like to attend.

Children are also offered opportunities to participate in events within the community or with other schools such as church events and events in Malvern run by local schools.

Within the school and in the community, children demonstrate a clear understanding of the high expectations of behaviour.

Children take responsibilities such as School Council, Eco-Council, assembly technicians, helping with younger children, door monitors etc

Parents are invited to express a preference for the values they think are important in our Values Vote.

We use Christian Values each term as a focus for assemblies e.g. respect, forgiveness, truthfulness, responsibility.

The value for the year are displayed in classrooms, the hall and around the school.

Children participate in whole school Remembrance Day assemblies.

We use a range of homework where children are given a choice in what and how they present their findings - around a theme.

We encourage participation in charitable events e.g. Children in Need, Sport Relief, NSPCC, Comic Relief etc
  • Continue to present children with meaningful choices in their learning
  • Introduce further responsibilities for children to engage in around school
  • Consult on key values for 2016-17

Mutual Respect

Mutual respect is at the heart of our values. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. Children develop an understanding of tolerance and mutual respect. All members of the school community treat each other with respect.

Our SEAL topics allow planned opportunities to develop topics such as Good to be Me, Going for Goals, Relationships, etc These units enable children to develop a greater understanding of themselves, those around them and those in our local community.

Positive relationships encouraged and modelled throughout the school i.e child-child, adult – child, adult - adult.

Our Religious Education scheme of learning throughout the school enables the children to learn not only knowledge but also develop an understanding of the world of religion and how beliefs impact on daily lives. This helps develop tolerance and mutual respect for religious viewpoints.

We hold a Celebration Assembly every Friday where children show respect for achievement in each class.

Annual Anti-bullying Week and E-safety Day explore how our behaviours affect others.

School Council

Promotion of ‘fair play’ in PE and Sport sessions

  • Embed mutual respect in peer feedback.

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs

This is achieved through enhancing children’s understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school.

Our RE scheme of learning throughout the school involves the children learning both knowledge and understanding of the different world religions and how these beliefs impact on daily lives. Christianity as the main religion of the indigenous population, is taught alongside Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism.

Celebration of festivals throughout the year e.g. Diwali, Chinese New Year, Hanukah

Use of a variety of Faith Stories in assemblies

Reflection opportunities in assemblies

Opportunities to taste and make food from around the world.
  • Establish an annual Culture Week/Day and invite children and Parents/ Carers to share home cultures in school.

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