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British Values

Promoting Fundamental British Values.

In accordance with The Department for Education we aim to actively promote British values in schools to ensure young people leave school prepared for life in modern Britain. Pupils are encouraged to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance and understand that while different people may hold different views about what is "right" and "wrong", all people living in England are subject to its law.

The Key Values are:

  • democracy
  • rule of law
  • individual liberty
  • mutual respect
  • tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

British Values As They Apply to St. Mary's


Policy/Position Statement Promoting British Vlaues The DfE recently 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 those values have been reiterated in 2014. It goes without question that every member of our school community is expected to uphold these values, promote them and challenge each other if they are not upheld.


Our school has adopted the core values of respect, integrity and responsibility and these underpin our behaviour within school, our application to work and our community (local, national and global). They are integral to our commitment to promote and uphold the Fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect.


Within the school, children are taught to value their own identity and about British Values which give them a sense of belonging and pride in their community.


These values have been interpreted in the following ways:


  • Democracy Britain is a democracy. We teach our pupils to understand how each person can influence decision making at a local and national level through the democratic process. We support our pupils to understand that in Britain, people vote for those who make the laws and decide how to run the country. At an age appropriate level, pupils are taught that not all persons in all countries have this right and that democracy is something to be valued and respected. For example, through our School pupil voice experiences, children experience at first-hand how democracy can work and learn how to engage responsibly with a democratic process.
  • The Rule of Law Pupils are taught about rules and laws and their importance through the schools’ commitment to their democratically chosen Core Values. Children are taught to appreciate that living under the rule of law protects individuals and is essential for everyone’s well-being and safety. At age appropriate levels, they are taught about the Police and other bodies that embed and uphold laws and rules.
  • Individual Liberty Our Core Values underpin this right within the school. Pupils are actively encouraged to make choices and we provide boundaries for pupils to make choices safety. Our pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and they are advised how to exercise these safely. Pupils are taught to understand that in Britain, as long as we do not break the law, we can live as we choose to and have our own opinions about things.
  • Mutual Respect Our commitment to promoting and upholding the Core Values supports us to teach that other people may have conflicting views to our own and that we might not always agree with them. However, we try to show respect for their thoughts and feelings. We can give respect to others and we can expect other people to show us respect.
  • Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs. Our pupils are taught that it is important to identify and combat discrimination. In Britain we accept that other people might have different beliefs than ours and that they may believe in different religions. We believe that self-respect and respect for others goes hand in hand. Similarly, being confident about our own faith and culture is a foundation on which to build appreciation of faith and the cultures of other people.