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Beckingham Primary School

British Values

Promoting Fundamental British Values.

In accordance with The Department for Education we aim to actively promote British values in schools to ensure young people leave school prepared for life in modern Britain. Pupils are encouraged to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance and understand that while different people may hold different views about what is "right" and "wrong", all people living in England are subject to its law.

The Key Values are:

  • democracy
  • rule of law
  • individual liberty
  • mutual respect
  • tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

Democracy - What do we do?


  • Class voting for the election of school councillors at the start of the year;
  • Annual school wide campaign and election for our head boy/girl;
  • Provide pupils with a broad general knowledge of, and promote respect for, public institutions and services;
  • Teach pupils how they can influence decision-making through the democratic process;
  • Taught through assemblies - Monday Values assembly & Wednesday Picture News assembly;
  • Taught through our school curriculum and PSHE (Jigsaw);
  • Teach a dedicated topic on the civil rights movement (Equality over time) in Year 5/6;
  • Encourage pupils to become involved in decision-making processes and ensure they are listened to in school;
  • Help pupils to express their views;
  • School council meetings to discuss whole school issues;
  • Pupil voice and questionnaires;
  • Model how perceived injustice can be peacefully challenged;
  • Pupils vote as to which after schools we should provide;

Rule of Law - What do we do?

  • Ensure school rules and expectations are clear and fair;
  • Ensure the school values are permeated throughout school;
  • Weekly celebration assembly takes place each Friday celebrating the success of of adhering to these rules and values;
  • Help pupils to distinguish right from wrong;
  • Help pupils to respect the law and the basis on which it is made;
  • Help pupils to understand that living under the rule of law protects individuals;
  • Explore within our PSHE lessons, laws and what to do if peer pressure is trying to persuade children to break these;
  • Explore the theme within our assembly themes - Monday Values Assembly, Wednesday Picture News Assembly and the Celebration Assembly on a Friday lessons;
  • Explore laws and what to do if peer pressure is trying to persuade children to break these;
  • Promote the Rights Respecting School Articles (on policies, around school, in assemblies etc);
  • DART for Year 5 & & every two years;
  • Annual visit from police to talk about knife crime with KS2;
  • Annual visit from police to talk about e-safety with Year KS2;
  • Replicating the school rules into residentials and school trips

Individual Liberty - What do we do?

  • Support pupils to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem, self-confidence;
  • Encourage pupils to take responsibility for their behaviour, as well as knowing their rights;
  • Model freedom of speech through pupil participation, while ensuring protection of vulnerable pupils and promoting critical analysis of evidence
  • Challenge stereotypes;
  • Implement a strong anti-bullying culture;
  • E-Safety units of work are taught throughout school with focussed weeks;
  • Yearly visit from the Police to discuss e-safety with KS2.

Mutual Respect and tolerance of different cultures and religions– What do we do?

  • Use the Jigsaw PSHE scheme impacts learning in lessons and through assemblies to explore the protected characteristics of the 2010 Equality Act to promote respect for individual differences and to actively challenge stereotypes;
  • Use Tuesday assemblies to explore critical news events, national awareness days and celebrations (e.g. terrorist attacks, Black Lives Matter etc);
  • Explore positive role models (where possible) through our topics who reflect the protected characteristics of the 2010 Equality Act;
  • Challenge prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour;
  • Organise visits to places of worship;
  • Whole school celebration weeks focussed around anti-bullying (anti-bullying week), racism (Red Card to Racism/Black History Month) or Mental Health (Children's mental health week) ;
  • Our RE scheme ensures that our children have a good understanding of a range of religious beliefs and customs;
  • Help pupils to acquire an understanding of, and respect for, their own and other cultures and ways of life;
  • Use of oracy hand gesture to disagree in a respectful way with the answers of others whilst in class.

Jigsaw Coverage of British Values