British Values

Promoting British Values

The DfE have recently 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.”

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.


British values are taught explicitly through Personal, Social, Health and Emotional (PSHE), and Religious Education (RE). We also teach British Values through planning and delivering a broad and balanced curriculum. The school takes opportunities to actively promote British Values through our daily assemblies and whole school systems and structures. We also actively promote the British Values through ensuring that our curriculum planning and delivery includes real opportunities for exploring them together and we challenge pupils, staff or parents who express opinions contrary to British values.


At Barrington Primary School these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:




Each year, pupils in Year 6 put themselves forward to be a House Captain.  They give a short speech to their fellow house members, who then vote for their preferred house captains.  The school council meets every fortnight to discuss issues raised in class council meetings. Every child on the school council is voted in by their class. Children have an annual questionnaire where they are able to put forward their views about the school.

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The Rule of Law


The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws; that they govern and protect us; the responsibilities involved in following laws; and the consequences when laws are broken. Barrington’s Behaviour Policy clearly highlights the rules we must follow at school and the consequences when they are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police; Fire Service; Lifeguards etc. are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message. Our traffic light system and code of conduct are visible throughout the school.  At the beginning of their Reception year, parents and children are asked to sign a home-school agreement whereby they agree to follow these very rules.


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Individual Liberty


Within the school, pupils are actively encouraged to make informed choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school, we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make these choices safely. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these; for example: through E-Safety and PSHCE lessons. Whether it be through choice of challenge, or how they record their work, or participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities; pupils are given the freedom to make choices.


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Mutual Respect


Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy highlights our core values such as ‘Respect’, and pupils have been part of discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown. They understand the importance of respect towards one another as well as towards all adults in the school. This is further reiterated within lessons and through SMSC when children are working together within the classroom. An expectation within the school is that all teachers model these values wherever possible.


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Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs


This is achieved through enhancing pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE, PSHCE and SMSC. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school, highlighting how lucky we are as a community to have individuals/families from such diverse backgrounds.  We challenge prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour in our pupils and their families.

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