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British Values

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Promoting British Values

At Shadsworth Infant School we take very seriously our responsibility to prepare children for life in modern Britain.


We ensure that the fundamental British Values are introduced, discussed and lived out through the ethos and work of the school.


What are ‘fundamental British values’?

  • Democracy
  • The rule of law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs


What does this mean for my child?

Fundamental British values are designed to prepare children and young people for life in modern Britain.

This includes helping pupils understand:

  • The importance of combatting discrimination
  • How we can influence decision-making by taking part in democratic processes like voting and petitioning
  • Our freedom under British law to choose different faiths and beliefs
  • That the law is there to keep us safe


What does this look like in our school?

  • British values are reflected in our school’s mission statement where it states how the school aims ‘to ensure that all pupils are valued as individuals, encouraging personal development, self-reliance, self-respect, self-confidence and discipline whilst fostering good relationships between children, showing consideration and tolerance of each other.
  • ‘Pupil voice’ is promoted throughout school and all our children are encouraged to take active involvement within our school and their learning. Our school council is elected yearly and meets weekly to address the issues concerning them around school.
  • All curriculum areas provide a vehicle for furthering understanding of British Values and, in particular, our RE, and PSHE lessons provide excellent opportunities to deepen and develop understanding.
  • As well as promoting British values we would actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British values, including ‘extremist’ views and principles.