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British Values at St. Anne's Catholic Primary

All schools must promote British Values, these are defined by Ofsted as:

The rule of law
Individual liberty
Mutual respect
Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs


At St Anne’s Catholic Primary School, our values are at the heart of British Values. Through our curriculum, assemblies, PSHE programme and our wealth of enrichment we:


  • Ensure children become valuable and fully rounded members of society who treat others with respect and tolerance, regardless of background. 
  • Promote the basic British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance for those of different faiths and beliefs. 
  • Ensure our young people understand the importance of respect and leave school fully prepared for life in modern Britain. 


Our curriculum and values ensure pupils have the opportunity in all subject areas to discus, debate, reflect on and understand key British Values where appropriate. Pupils understand how they can contribute to being a British citizen in a modern British school and society by: 


  • Making positive contributions to the school and wider community (Community); 
  • Having respect for all and showing responsibility (Respect) 
  • Building self-esteem, self-knowledge and self-confidence (Enjoyment) 
  • Understanding what is a fair and tolerant community (Respect) 
  • Distinguishing right from wrong and respecting the civil and criminal law of England. (Respect, Responsibility) 
  • Encouraging respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic process, including respect for the basis on which the law is made and applied in England (Respect) 


St. Anne’s Catholic Primary School Values:
Excellence; Responsibility; Respect; Community;Enjoyment; Compassion; Perseverance


Making sure we are accepting of diversity and are a stronger community for this (Excellence, Compassion) Understanding that everyone has their own set of values which they deem important, despite their country or religion. 


Our values reflect these (Compassion, Respect) Understanding respect is key to positive relationships (Respect) Being proud, of who and what we are, wherever we are from (Respect) Participating within your community (Community and compassion) Above all fairness and equality is key to core British Values (Respect) 


Also through our School Council processes and Pupil voice we; 

· Encourage our students to become responsible citizens
· Ensure we accept each other and have our voices heard through school council Elections and representing our classes through school council meetings.

Picture news and British Values


Last year, we began using Picture News throughout KS1 and KS2. Picture News is the simple yet brilliant new resource that enables schools to encourage children to question what they hear and read, to think around key issues and topics and develop ‘healthy’ news mindsets. It also our British Values tangible for our children.


Since 2014, schools have been required to promote the five key British values which are: democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs. It is essential that schools engage with and promote these values in a meaningful way. The Picture News service builds consideration and discussion of these values into all of their teaching materials covering stories such as Brexit, terrorism, migrants, refugee caravans and the environment.


Every week, the Picture News creates a poster with a strong image that illustrates a news story from that week together with other age-appropriate resources that explain what the story is about. These resources help teachers spark a conversation about current affairs with pupils and also explain which of our British Values each story is related to.