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British Values

As directed by the Department for Education, schools have a duty to actively promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law; individual liberty; mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. These values were first set out by the government in the ‘Prevent’ strategy in 2011. In November 2014, schools were required to have a strategy for embedding these values and showing how their work with pupils has been effective in doing so. 


At St. Anne’s Catholic Primary School we uphold and teach pupils about British Values, which are defined as: 

  • Democracy 
  • Rule of law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect 
  • Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

These 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. We have achieved the following external accreditation, which demonstrates evidence of our commitment to British Values:

  • RE Inspection ‘Outstanding’ (Sept 2019)


The school takes opportunities to actively promote British Values through daily collective worship and whole school systems and structures such as electing and running successful School and Eco Councils. We also actively promote British Values through ensuring that our curriculum planning and delivery includes real opportunities for exploring these values. The addition of the Votes for Schools programme this year (2019/20) has greatly enhanced our provision and coverage of both the British Values and SMSC. 



Democracy is an important value at our school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council and Eco-Council. The elections of members of these Councils are based on pupil votes. This supports pupils to understand how citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process. Our School Council is able to genuinely effect change within the school and is actively involved in the recruitment of teachers. 



The Rule of Law: 
The importance of laws and rules, whether they are 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. 


Our system for behaviour is aligned to an agreed set of codes and if children are given verbal warnings this is always set against the agreed school behaviour code. 
Children are asked to identify which aspect of the code they have broken to ensure that this connection is made and understood. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves, and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the police, fire service etc. are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message.
To encourage and promote good behaviour, attitude and work, we have devised a reward system, which is consistently followed throughout the school. We are committed to praising children’s efforts. We endeavour to praise the children informally, individually, during group work, in front of the whole class and the whole school. Children are rewarded not only for achievement in curriculum areas, but also for behaviour and demonstration of Christian Values. Rewards are given in the form of stickers, team points, house points and certificates.  Children’s achievements are also recognised during Collective Worship. 


The school aims to provide an appreciation that living under the rule of law protects pupils and is essential for their safety and well-being. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service help reinforce this message.




Individual Liberty:
Pupils are actively encouraged to make choices at our school, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we provide boundaries for our children to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and planned curriculum.


Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our e-Safety teaching and PSHE education.


Pupils are given the freedom to make choices, e.g. signing up for extra-curricular clubs. EYFS pupils are given the freedom to self select their learning activities - 'choosing time'. All pupils are encouraged to make personal choices about the food they eat.



Mutual Respect:
Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy are based around core Christian Values such as ‘res
pect’ and ‘responsibility’ and these values determine how we live as a community at St. Anne’s Catholic Primary School. Collective Worship is based on ‘Christian Values’, which are central to how we expect everyone to go about their life at our school.


Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others.


In PE the children take part in training and many compete in tournaments. The value of the training and tournaments is sportsmanship. Children are reminded to show mutual respect towards other players at all times.


Our RE inspection confirms this is an outstanding aspect of life at St. Anne’s Catholic Primary School.




Tolerance of Those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:

This is achieved through enhancing pupils’ understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society 


Collective Worship and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE and PSHE.


We use opportunities such as the Olympics and the World Cup to study and learn about life and culture in countries such as Brazil. Our country of the month further supports this. 


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.