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An Overview of British Values at Our School

British Values

As of September 2014, the Ofsted Handbook has expanded the definitions of Spiritual, Social, Moral and Cultural to include the presence of British values such as tolerance, understanding of others, democracy, respect and acceptance of the rule of law and individual liberty.

The school curriculum at Seaton St. Paul’s CE Junior School is appropriately broad and balanced to help prepare our young people for life in modern Britain by actively promoting fundamental British values.  These universal principles are taught explicitly through PSHCE and RE, as well as daily collective worship and whole school systems such as electing and running a successful School Council.  At our school British Values are reinforced regularly in the following ways:


Democracy is ubiquitous within our school.  Each year all children decide on their class charter and the rights associated with it.  Children have many opportunities for their voices to be heard.  We have a proactive School Council which meets regularly to discuss issues raised by other pupils.  The School Council members are voted in by their class.  Children have an annual questionnaire with which they are able to put forward their views about the school, their learning and their safety.

The Rule of Law

The importance of laws and rules, whether governing the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout the school day, with class routines, the management of behaviour and through daily Collective Worship.  Children are taught the value and reasons behind laws, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken.  To encourage and promote good behaviour, attitude and work, we commit to praising children’s efforts informally, individually, during group work, in front of the class and the whole school.  Children’s efforts, achievements and good choices are recognised weekly in Celebration Assemblies.

Individual Liberty

Children are actively encouraged to make choices at our school, knowing that they are in a supportive environment.  As a school we provide boundaries for our children to make choices safely, through provision of a safe environment and empowering education.  Children are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and advised how to exercise these safely, for example, through regular e-safety teaching, daily Collective Worship and PSHCE lessons.  Pupils are given the freedom to make choices- through choice of learning challenge, of how they enquire and record, and of participation in our extra- curricular clubs and opportunities.

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs

At Seaton St. Paul’s CE Junior School we place a great emphasis on promoting the concept of diversity with the children and enhancing understanding of their place in a culturally diverse UK. Collective Worship is planned to address this issue directly or through the inclusion of stories and celebrations from a variety of faiths and cultures.  Our RE and PSHCE teaching reinforces this.  We ensure that people of different faiths, beliefs and cultures are invited and welcomed into our school. Throughout their time in school, children have the opportunity to visit a range of places of worship. We use sporting and current events (such as the Olympics and important news headlines) to learn about life and culture in a range of countries.

At our school we actively challenge any pupils, staff or parents who may express opinions contrary to fundamental British Values.


6F acted maturely during our British Values day today. We completed activities on democracy, individual liberty, rule of law and respect and tolerance.

We’ve had a busy day in 5C celebrating British Values Day. We started off the morning by exploring the value of respect, which is also one of our Christian values. Then, we spoke about what it means to demonstrate tolerance and we had some very mature conversations about challenging stereotypes. This afternoon we spoke about the importance of democracy and wrote our own manifestos. We have considered the impact of rules and laws in our society and discussed what it might be like without them. Finally, we finished the afternoon by learning about individual liberty, where we were able to choose our own activity!

3Ni have been learning all about British Values today. We looked at respect, who we respect and how we show this. They looked at the British laws and what would happen if we didn’t have any. Also, they looked at democracy and what that means. 3Ni have all worked brilliantly and have enjoyed the day