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British values

At Hallbrook Primary School, we value the diversity of the backgrounds of all pupils, families and the wider school community and strongly believe in upholding British values through all aspects of our school provision. 

The Department for Education states that there is a 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”.

Our school reflects British values in all that we do. We aim to nurture our children on their journey through life so they can grow into safe, caring, democratic, responsible and tolerant adults who make a positive difference to British society and to the world and the wider world.

What is meant by British values?

Learning about British values forms a key part of children’s spiritual, moral, cultural and social education.

The five British values that the Government has identified for schools to focus on are:

 Democracy

 The rule of law

 Individual liberty

 Mutual respect

 Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs

How should we help our children prepare for adult life as citizens of Britain?

 Develop their self-confidence and self esteem.

 Develop their understanding of right and wrong, and their respect for the law.

 Encourage them to take responsibility for their behaviour.

 Encourage involvement in the community and wider society.

 Promote tolerance of and respect for all cultures and faiths.

All schools are required to promote children’s social, moral, spiritual and cultural development. As part of our school ethos and through the broader curriculum, we aim to provide opportunities which will enable children to develop spiritually, morally, socially and culturally. The promotion of fundamental British values is incorporated into this approach.

Schools should 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. This can help schools to demonstrate how they are meeting the requirements of section 78 of the Education Act 2002, in their provision of SMSC.

Actively promoting the values means challenging opinions or behaviours that are contrary to the British values. Attempts to promote systems that undermine British values would be completely at odds with schools’ duty to provide SMSC. The Teachers’ Standards expect teachers to uphold public trust in the profession and maintain high standards of ethics and behaviour, within and outside school. This includes not undermining fundamental British values.

Please take a look at the attachment below for further information.