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British Values School Policy

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British and Social Values Policy




A family founded on Christian values working and worshiping together, sending out happy, confident children achieving their full potential.

 Policy by: Harriet Pilling

Written: June 2016

Date of next review: June 2018

“At the heart of a successful school is a commitment by the school community to a clearly articulated set of values, which enables it to strive for excellence.” Neil Hawkes 2000

 “Education is the drawing out of the best in the child – body, mind and spirit.” Mahatma Gandhi


Barton St Lawrence C of E Primary School is committed to ensuring pupils receive a high quality education. This reflects a caring, committed attitude, which helps all adults and children achieve the highest possible standards. At Barton St Lawrence, every individual is valued for who they are and what they contribute to the school. Values are principles that drive behaviour, influence our actions and attitudes, and become our scaffold for life. They influence our relationship with ourselves, others and our wider society. The values promoted at Barton St Lawrence are values which are important within the school community and which will be important throughout life.  They will prepare children for life in modern Britain. They underpin all we do in school and we strive to share, encourage and demonstrate positive values in order that our children understand them and grow to live by them.


We want the children of Barton St Lawrence to become confident, secure, responsible and caring individuals who achieve personal success, develop a commitment to lifelong learning and have the potential to shape and direct their own futures. In order to do this, we aim to provide a curriculum which is not just about subjects. We present our curriculum through high quality care, welfare, learning and teaching. Through this vision, we encourage our pupils to learn, grow and achieve as unique individuals learning together!


At the core of a values education is a set of agreed principles that underpin all aspects of school life and work for everyone within our community.

“The best way to transmit values is by example.”

 Values are not dependent on race, culture, class or religion. The process of Values Education is holistic and developmental. Children need to have planned opportunities to explore, develop, practise and internalise lasting spiritual and moral values, in order to be prepared for the responsibilities and experiences of adult life.


At the heart of our school are a set of core values. These underpin all aspects of our curriculum and school life. We have twelve Christian Values, agreed by staff and children. These are reinforced by the core British Values of: rule of law, tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs, democracy and individual liberty mutual respect.

Our Christian School Values are:  
- Respect
- Friendship
- Reconciliation
- Truth
- Trust
- Self-control
- Patience
- Love
- Forgiveness
- Hope.

Through a Values centred education, the community of Barton St Lawrence aims to:

·         Provide a calm and caring community where all children and adults are valued equally.

·          Raise expectations and secure positive attitudes to learning.

·         Achieve a real, measurable and beneficial difference in behaviour and conduct

·         Strive for happiness and a positive, responsible attitude towards school life.

·         Ensure pupils and adults are challenged to reach the next step and reach their potential.

·         Achieve the highest standards possible in supporting pupils to achieve.

·          Encourage pupils to become creative and independent learners, using a variety of learning styles.

·         Promote values to pupils in every aspect of school.

·         Develop self-confidence and self-discipline.

·          Respect and value others.

·         Have excellent support and guidance from all staff in partnership with parents and governors.

·          Encourage our school community to make healthy choices.

·         Have a personal pride in being part of our school and the wider community.

·         For all staff to model the school and fundamental British values such as mutual respect, tolerance and the rule of law.

·         To prepare children for life in modern Britain.


For all staff and adults working in the school to:

·         Have high expectations of what each child can achieve.

·          Teach effectively, using a suitable approach, allowing children to learn and understand.

·         Promote British and School values in the way in which adults interact with each other and pupils.

·         Uphold public trust in the profession and maintain high standards of ethics and behaviour.

For the curriculum to:

·         Teach a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum.

·         Teach the National Curriculum to all children at all levels, according to their age and ability.

·          Ensure children are prepared to become responsible citizens.

·         Provide planned opportunities that develop attitudes and skills of pupils.

Expected outcomes:

·         Qualitative improvement in pupils’ behaviour and attitudes.

·          Quantitative improvement in standards and academic achievement.

·          Improved ethos, relationships and pupil behaviour.

·          Improved working conditions for children and staff.

·         A curriculum that develops spirituality and enables children to develop as reflective and responsible learners.

British Values

At Barton St Lawrence we are committed to the development of community cohesion and the prevention of extremism and radicalisation both within our school’s physical boundaries and within our local, national and global environments. We are also committed to respond to community concerns or local disturbances in a positive way which supports British democratic society. We believe that sharing our values with parents, carers and our community is essential in supporting our children through their journey in school and life. We acknowledge and understand the importance of the role that our community has to play and appreciate the need to inform them of the values work that we do.

We will ensure that:

·         We share our values work through newsletters, website and value of the half term.

·         Share resources, as appropriate, with parents and children, so that values work can be followed up at home.

·         Parents can have access to information regarding the curriculum via the school website and half-termly curriculum maps so they can fully understand the principles behind our curriculum and values education.

·         Parents, carers and our community can celebrate our values work through assemblies, newsletters and the school website.

·         We celebrate and embrace the diversity of our community through visits, celebration days, multi-cultural weeks

Values Programme

Our values work promotes introducing values and developing children’s understanding of these. The values promoted underpin all developments and policies at Barton St Lawrence. The school follows an annual rolling programme for values. The values are introduced each half term through values assemblies and then planned in to curriculum work across the school. PSHE lessons will be used as formal opportunities to discuss and promote values within each classroom with informal opportunities being used whenever possible. In addition, each half term a lesson will be planned and delivered focusing solely on that half term’s value, from which quality children’s work will be displayed. The schools core values are displayed in the hall and these are discussed with pupils, as to how they might be demonstrated.

School Values Cycle

Autumn 1 - Respect

Autumn 2 - Friendship and Reconciliation

Spring 1 - Truth and Trust

Spring 2 - Self Control and Patience

Summer 1 - Love and Forgiveness

Summer 2 – Hope







Promoting British Values

In 2011, the government defined British Values as democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs. We promote these values through our own school values, curriculum and enrichment activities.


How We Promote It


Links to school values:

UN CRC Article 12: Children have the right to say what they think should happen, when adults are making decisions that affect them, and to have their opinions taken into account.

§  We have an elected School Council that meets each week. This is used as an opportunity to promote and teach about democracy and the electoral process. The council drives areas of school improvement.

§  We encourage volunteerism in and out of school. This includes things like the School Council, sports leaders, ICT support, lunch helpers, and also raising money for local and national charities.

§  Pupils are always listened to by adults and are taught to listen carefully and respect the right of every individual to have their opinions and voices hear. We encourage pupils to take ownership of their school and learning.

§  The beginnings of democracy are taught through historical research of the Ancient Greece civilisation.

§  Democracy is also promoted through additional PSHE lessons and assemblies.

§  Pupils help influence teaching through Pupil Surveys and specific subjects councils, e.g. (The Creative Arts Council)

§  Opportunities for visits and visitors are planned in on an annual cycle, for example, mayoral visits.

The rule of law

Links to school values: Respect
Truth and Trust

UN CRC Article 19: Governments should ensure that children are properly cared for, and protect them from violence, abuse and neglect by their parents, or anyone else who looks after them.

· We have high expectations about pupil conduct and this is reflected in our Behaviour Policy. There are rewards for exhibiting good and caring behaviour and consistent demonstration of our values is recognised through such things as ‘Star of the Week’. Children are also taught about consequences for bad behaviour through loss of golden time or playtimes.

· Through our school assemblies, circle time and PSHE children are taught how to earn trust and respect and are supported to develop a strong sense of morality; knowing right from wrong and doing the right thing even when it’s difficult.

Rules are also taught through PE and extra-curricular activities, where there is a respect and appreciation for different rules

 · The local police officer / PCSO visit the school to talk to the children and explain about their role in society.

Through our RE sessions, children are taught basic rules for living, including those that are set out in the Bible. They also explore the commandments of other faiths.

Individual liberty

Links to school values:

UN CRC Article 31: All children have a right to relax and play, and to join in a wide range of activities.
UN CRC Article 15: Children have the right to meet together and to join groups and organisations, as long as this does not stop other people from enjoying their rights.

· Through our school values and the PSHE programme, children are taught about personal responsibility, choices, ambition and aspiration. They are encouraged to take opportunities to follow their interests in art, music, sport etc.

· The PSHE Schemes of Work (Live Well, Learn Well) has specific units relating to individual liberty including ‘Being Different’

· Children are taught how to keep themselves safe, including online. This is done through computing lessons, assemblies and outside organisations such as the NSPCC, as well as through the PSHE curriculum.

At certain times, children are allowed to access their own choice of learning materials of personal targets set for improvement

Mutual respect

Links to school values: Respect

Co-operation UN CRC Article 2: The Convention applies to everyone whatever their race, religion, abilities, whatever they think or say and whatever type of family they come from.

UN CRC Article 30: Children have a right to learn and use the language and customs of their families, whether these are shared by the majority of people in the country or not.

We have high expectations about pupil conduct and this is reflected in our Behaviour Policy and Equality Policy.

· Children are taught about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and learn to respect their rights and the rights of others.

· Through our school’s values, collective worship, PSHE and circle time children are taught to respect each other, to be cooperative and collaborative, be supportive and to look for similarities while being understanding of differences.

· The PSHE theme of ‘Anti-bullying’ and ‘Taking Part’ explore these issues well.

· Mutual respect is also promoted through additional PSHE lessons and assemblies. A range of specific assemblies are delivered focusing on helping other pupils to understand specific special needs.

Disability Awareness Week held each year, teaches the children to respect all people

Anti-bullying week held annually

Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs

Links to school values: Respect

UN CRC Article 14: Children have the right to think and believe what they want, and to practise their religion, as long as they are not stopping other people from enjoying their rights. Parents should guide their children on these matters.

We have high expectations about pupil conduct and this is reflected in our Behaviour Policy and Equality, Diversity and Cohesion Policy.

· Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs is promoted through the Syllabus for Religious Education. Children learn about different religions, their beliefs, places of worship and festivals. The children’s work on this subject or whole school learning in assemblies is often displayed in the classrooms or around the school.

· This is supplemented by assemblies which also mark and celebrate significant religious festivals such as Ramadan and Diwali.

· Visits are made by local religious leaders and children have the opportunity to visit places of worship.

Activities undertaken (such as mosque visits) during ‘Multi-cultural week’ highlight the need for tolerance and respect


Spiritual, Moral, Cultural and Social Calendar  




Late September

Harvest Festival


Our whole school is invited to collect food and celebrate Harvest in a shared act of collective thanks and worship

Spiritual, Moral (Mutual Respect)

· To understand the importance of Harvest

· To understand how we can support those who are in need

· To promote collaborative partnerships with the local community

Mid November


Remembrance Service


The whole school community join in a collective act of worship commemorating those who lost their lives in the service of their country

Years 5 and 6 visit Bilsborrow War Memorial

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (Mutual Respect and Tolerance)

· To help children understand the importance of commemoration

Mid November

Police visit for reception and year 1


Children engage with the police and learn how to stay safe on the roads. They learn the basics of rules for the roads.

Moral and Social (Rule of Law)

To help children understand how to stay safe and the rules of the road

Mid November

Anti-bullying week
This year’s theme recognises the fact that children with special needs and disabilities (SEND) are more likely to be bullied. Children will be engaging in a range of activities all week.

Social and Moral (Mutual Respect)

· To reinforce our school anti bullying ethos
· To ensure children understand the specific issues children with SEND may face
· To ensure all children are equipped to recognise and challenge bullying behaviours


Advent and Christmas


Whole school will take part in a range of activities including a Nativity Play and acts of collective worship. We also look at how Christmas is celebrated in other countries and use this as a MFL opportunity i.e. how celebrated in France

Spiritual, Moral, Social, Cultural (Tolerance)

To reflect upon and understand the true meaning of Christian faith

To understand how Christmas is celebrated in another country

Mid December

Mayoral Assembly


Moral, Social, Cultural (Democracy / Rule of Law)

To understand the role of Councillors

To understand more of the role of government

January (New Year)

New Year Resolutions Assemblies

Moral, Cultural (Individual Liberty)

To set personal targets for the year ahead

To review the previous year


National E-safety Week


The children took part in assemblies about how to stay safe online

They also took part in a series of activities in class that taught them rules for internet safety

Social, Moral (Rule of law)

To understand how to stay safe on the internet

To know rules for staying safe and being respectful on the internet

Mid June

Multi-cultural week

All children will visit a mosque.

KS2 children will visit an Indian Restaurant.

KS2 children will partake in African drumming sessions

All children will learn Indian Art skills

All children will learn about other cultures through the unit ‘Multi-cultural Christianity’

Cultural (Tolerance of other faiths and beliefs)

To respect people who hold faiths different to their own

To prepare children for living in a multi-cultural and diverse Britain

Late May

Disability Awareness Week

All children will complete a range of activities in class linked to disabilities

A representative from the Guide Dogs Association will lead an assembly

James (amputee) will run workshops for each class (wheelchairs / blindfolds)

Social (Mutual Respect)

To understand that other people may have different needs to ourselves

To understand how to treat those with disabilities