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Northbury Primary School

Northbury Primary School

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British Values and SMSC

Promoting British Values


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.”


Schools, through their curriculum, are legally bound to actively promote fundamental British values:


Having the right to an opinion/voice.


Rule of Law

Understanding why rules are important and following them to develop order.


Individual Liberty

The right to make our own choices.


Mutual Respect

Having respect for each other, treating others as you want to be treated and working together.


Tolerance of those from different faiths and beliefs

Learning about different faiths and cultures.



How does Northbury Primary School actively promote British values?



Election of our school council/eco council representatives.


Rule of Law

We learn to understand that every action has both a negative or positive which leads to a consequence which could be negative or positive.


Individual Liberty

We provide opportunities for children to make their own choices and gain independence within their thinking.


Mutual Respect

We follow the school rules.


Tolerance of those from different faiths and beliefs

We learn about different culture and celebrate learning from our similarities as well as differences.


Our School Values



have the right attitude that helps you succeed


ask questions, explore and learn


achieve the best you can, and never give up


be true to yourself, and always to the right thing


have regard for the feelings, wishes and rights of others


We challenge pupils, staff or parents who express opinions contrary to the core values of the school.


Democracy – what do we do?


We provide pupils with a broad general knowledge of, and promote respect for, English law, public institutions and services through our PHSE curriculum.


Through the democratic process of electing school council and their work we empower pupils to become involved in decision making processes and ensure they are listened to in school. School Councillors are elected solely on pupil votes and this teaches pupils how they can influence decision-making through a democratic process.


We model how perceived injustice can be peacefully challenged through our Safeguarding & Behaviour Policy.


Rule of Law – what do we do?


  • We provide pupils with a broad general knowledge of, and promote respect for, English law through our PHSE curriculum and link this to their everyday lives through the consistent reinforcement of our own school rules, values and expectations.
  • Ensure school rules and expectations are fair and are consistently explained and reinforced to all pupils so that they understand the basis on which the rules are made.
  • Help pupils to understand that rules and laws provide safety, stability and security and protect individuals and groups within our society.


Individual Liberty – what do we do?


  • Support pupils to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and 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.
  • Challenge stereotypes.
  • Implement a strong anti-bullying culture.


Mutual Respect and Tolerance – what do we do?


  • We celebrate our achievements, differences and cultural diversity through all school forums including in assemblies.

  • As part of our RE curriculum we organise visits to places of worship and visits to our school by local faith and community leaders.

  • There are opportunities for discussions on prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE and PSHE. This includes helping pupils to value and respect their own and other’s cultures and ways of life through developing their understanding of our multicultural community.

  • We support pupil’s understanding of the differences between people, such as differences of faith, ethnicity, disability, gender or sexuality and different family situations.

  • We encourage our pupil’s to challenge prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour.