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British Values

British Values: What are they?

At Barford St Peter's we actively promote British values in our day-to-day school life. They are integral to our curriculum and woven throughout the fabric of our school community.



Democracy – what do we do?

  • Whole school voting for the election of House Captains at the start of the year;
  • Hold regular meetings for the School Council where members are involved in the decision-making process, voice the views of their classes and ensure that pupil voice is heard and acted upon throughout the year;
  • Provide pupils with a broad general knowledge of, and promote respect for, public institutions and services;
  • Teach all pupils how they can influence decision-making through the democratic process;
  • Taught through assemblies and our school curriculum;
  • Teach a dedicated topic on the civil rights movement (protests and politics) in Year 6 
  • Encourage pupils to become involved in decision-making processes and ensure they are listened to in school;
  • Help pupils to express their views;
  • Model how perceived injustice can be peacefully challenged;
  • Pupils vote as to which school clubs we should provide;


Rule of law – what do we do?

  • Ensure school rules and expectations are clear and fair;
  • Class rules and celebration of adhering to these rules;
  • 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;


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 and parents receive information on these.


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

  • Challenge prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour;
  • Explore positive role models (where possible) through our topics who reflect the protected characteristics of the 2010 Equality Act;
  • Organise visits to different places of worship ;
  • Whole school assemblies which celebrate different cultures' beliefs and different religion's special days/festivals;
  • 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;
  • Help children to develop the art of respectful discussion and debate.