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British Values

Our School statement

The Department for Education has introduced a statutory duty for schools to promote British Values more actively from September 2014, and to ensure they are taught in school.

  • Democracy
  • Rule of Law
  • Individual Liberty
  • Mutual Respect
  • Tolerance for those of different faiths and beliefs

At Beaford Community Primary & Nursery School we strive to prepare children for life in modern Britain and keep them safe. We look to use every opportunity to promote these and ensure that these values are introduced, discussed and lived out through the ethos and work of the school. British Values underpin our curriculum, assembly themes, school aims, celebrations and behaviour for learning expectations.

As well as actively promoting British values, the opposite also applies: we will actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British values, including ‘extremist’ views.

The school makes considerable efforts to ensure children have exposure to experiences beyond the local community. This includes supporting learning through a range of visits, visitors to the school, taking part in sporting events and links with other schools.

We value the voice of the child and promote democratic processes such as our children’s council whose members are voted for by the children. Ideas and events are planned and discussed with a chance for debate and putting forward points of view. Children’s ownership of their learning and involvement in their own learning journey is a strong feature across the whole school.

Children are given responsibility to run their own clubs and lead other children in games and activities so that they are fully involved in all aspects of school life. Older children can be play leaders and help to promote our core values.


  • Active Children’s Council – election of a new class representative every year.
  • Pupil Voice – creating class agreements
  • Creating learning outcomes as part of a group
  • Enrichment visit – Tour of the Houses of Parliament
  • Weekly Challenge question theme
  • Assembly Theme – General Election and How our Country is governed.
  • PSHE – learning theme

Rule of Law

  • Visits from Police and fire officers
  • Sharing of behaviour expectations in classes and whole school assemblies
  • Learning rules of games in sporting opportunities
  • RE Curriculum & Assembly Themes– exploring rules of different religions and cultures

Individual Liberty

  • Choice to involve in extra- curricular clubs
  • Individual choice with learning outcomes
  • Children of all ages and abilities are supported towards independence

Mutual Respect

  • All adults and children are expected to model and carryout the expectations of our behaviour for learning policy
  • Promoted and expected through children’s peer assessment of each other’s learning

Tolerance for those of different (including no) faiths & beliefs

  •  Assembly themes and RE Curriculum - Recognising and exploring important religious and cultural festivals in this country and around the world
  • Opportunities to link and share with other schools
  • A wide range of books and images in class rooms, teaching resources  and the school library