Promoting British Values at St George's Primary School

Since September 2014, the DfE has reinforced the ‘need 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.’

British Values are:

Ofsted Version


The rule of law

Individual Liberty

Mutual respect and tolerance of those with

different faiths and beliefs

DfE Version

Respect for democracy and support for

participation in the democratic process

Respect for the basis on which the law is made

and applies in England. Support for opportunity and equality for all

Support and respect for the liberties of all

within the law

Respect for and tolerance of different faiths and religious and other beliefs

• Focus on, and show how, the school’s work is effective in securing these values

• Challenging pupils, staff or parents who express opinions contrary to British values.

These values are reinforced regularly and in the ways listed below:

‘Actively promote…’ means:


• We provide pupils with a broad general knowledge of, and promote respect for, public

• Pupils are taught how they can influence decision making through the democratic process.

• Each class discusses and understands their rights and responsibilities.

• Children in each class elect their peers to represent them on the School Council, the Eco

• The School Council meets every month to discuss school issues and a member of staff attends

• We encourage pupils to become involved in the decision making process and ensure they are

• Pupils also have an annual questionnaire through which they are able to put forward their

• We help pupils to express their views.

• Pupils discuss how public services operate and how they are held to account.

• We model how perceived injustice can be peacefully challenged.

institutions and services.

Council and House Capatins.

these meetings.

listened to in school.

views about our school.

The Rule of Law

• The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school or the

• Pupils are taught from an early age the rules of the school. These are our Classroom

• We help pupils distinguish right from wrong.

• Pupils are helped to understand the law and the basis on which it is made.

• Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the

• We develop restorative justice approach to resolve conflicts.

country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing

with behaviour.

Behaviour Rules, Safety Rules and Palyground Rules. We ensure that allschool rules and expectations are clear and fair.

responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police, Fire Service and Lifeboat , help reinforce this message. We make visits to Streetwise and Firewise for further reinforcement.

Individual Liberty

• Pupils are supported to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence.

• Pupils are encouraged to make choices, knowing they are in a safe and supportive environment.

• Pupils are encouraged to take responsibility for their behaviour, as well as knowing their rights

• Pupils are given the freedom to make choices, for example through choice of learning challenge

• We model freedom of speech through pupil participation while ensuring protection of vulnerable

• Stereotypes are challenged.

• We implement a strong anti-bullying culture.

As a school, we educate pupils and provide boundaries for them to make informed choices through the provision of a safe environment and empowering education.

and personal freedoms. They are advised how to exercise these safely, for example, through our eSafety lessons, Jigsaw (PSHE) and circle time.

or participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs.

pupils and promoting critical analysis of evidence.

Respect and Tolerance

• We promote respect for individual differences.

• We help pupils to acquire an understanding of, and respect for, their own and other cultures and

• Displays around the school promote respect form others and this is reiterated through our

• Prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour is challenged.

• Children are taught about different faiths and differences between them are discussed.

• Pupils are encouraged to develop critical thinking skills.

• We discuss differences between people, such as differences of faith, ethnicity, disability, gender

• At St George’s, we will actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to

ways of life.

classroom and learning rules, as well as our behaviour policy.

or sexuality and differences of family situations, such as looked-after children or young carers.

fundamental British value, including ‘extremist’ views.