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Teaching British Values

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Promoting British Values At St Thomas’ (Halliwell) CE Primary School

The DfE have reinforced the 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.”


The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values have been reiterated this year (2014). The five British Values are:
  • Democracy
  • The Rule of Law
  • Individual Liberty
  • Mutual Respect
  • Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs


As a Church of England primary school, these values are both integral and reinforced regularly in the following ways:


Children, parents and staff have many opportunities for their voices to be heard at St Thomas’ School.  Pupils are always listened to by adults and are taught to listen carefully to each other, respecting the right of every individual to have their opinions heard. Each year the children decide upon their class charter and the rights associated with these. All the children contribute to the drawing up of the charter. We have a school council which meets regularly with the Headteacher to discuss issues raised in school council meetings. For example, our school council is currently leading on a project to reduce the amount of litter in the local area. They have completed research and have arranged a ‘Clean up Halliwell’ day which will involve all of the pupils in school and members of the community. Every child on the student council is voted in by their class. Children have an annual questionnaire where they are able to put forward their views about the school.

The Rule of Law

The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced at St Thomas’.Pupils are taught the rules of the school from an early age. These include our School Rules, Playground Rules and Safety Rules. At the start of each school year, each class discusses and sets its own agreed rules and how this is the structure which keeps them safe, happy and learning within school. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind rules and laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibility that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Regular visits from the authorities such as the Police and Fire Service reinforce this message. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms.  Pupils in Year 6 who are particularly good role models and highlight the ethos of the school in their actions, apply to the Headteacher to be appointed as Head Boy and Head Girl. This year a Head Boy, Head Girl, a Deputy Head Boy and a Deputy Head girl have been appointed to recognise that they have excellent behaviour and make huge contributions to the school.

Individual Liberty

All children at St Thomas’ are encouraged to be independent learners and are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. They are advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety, PSHE lessons and through speaking and listening activities such as debates. All children are keen to support local, national and global charities. They are taught consideration for others though our Religious Education curriculum, PSHE lessons and Collective Worship. E-safety teaching enables them to make choices in a safe manner.

Mutual Respect and Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs

Mutual respect is at the heart of the schools aims and ethos. Our core value of Respect ensures tolerance of those who have different faiths and beliefs. St Thomas’ (Halliwell) is a multicultural school which embraces and celebrates different faiths and beliefs through religious education studies, assemblies and PSHE lessons.  The pupils know and understand that they are expected to show respect to everyone and are taught to respect the school environment and the environment around them. The pupils clearly understand that discriminatory language is not acceptable and will be challenged. This is also underpinned by our school behaviour policy, our class and school rules and our home school agreement. Adults in school are positive role-models and demonstrate the core values of our school community at all times.

Last Updated On December 07, 2018