Value: Democracy          

How We Promote It:  

  • We have an elected School Council which meets regularly. This gives children many opportunities for their voices to be heard. Our School Council is used as an opportunity to promote and teach about democracy and the electoral process.  

  • Children have an annual questionnaire with which they are able to put forward their views about the school.  

  • We encourage volunteering in and out of school. This includes roles such as: the buddies, library monitor, peer mediators and roles in class.

  • The beginnings of democracy are taught through historical researchof the Ancient Greece civilisation.

  • Democracy is also promoted through additional PSHE lessons and assemblies, including the politics around general elections.  

  • We teach debating skills.

  • Special visits eg Houses of Parliament


Value: The rule of law

How We Promote It:  

  • We have high expectations about pupil conduct and this is reflected in our Behaviour Policy. There are rewards for exhibiting good and caring behaviour. We expect children to consistently demonstrate our values.

  • We have a clear code of conduct, with clear rules for in the classroom and playground.  

  • 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.

  • Each class devises their own class code of conduct which is revisited by class teachers.

  • Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Services help reinforce the importance of Laws.





Value: Individual liberty

How We Promote It:  

  • Within school, children are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing they are in a safe and supportive environment.

  • Through our school values and the SEAL 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.

  • SEAL has specific units relating to individual liberty including ‘Good To Be Me!’  Children are taught how to keep themselves safe, including on-line. This is done through computing lessons, assemblies and outside organisations such as the NSPCC, as well as through the PSHE curriculum. 

  • We promote safety by looking at anti-bullying;moral values are explored through a variety of drama activities or debates; cultural links and heritage are explored in variety of ways and that make up our school community; spiritual development is further explored.

  • Our children are taught about diversity, same sex relationships through oursex and relationship education programme. Mutual respect




Value: Mutual respect

How We Promote It:  

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

  • Through our school’s values, SEAL scheme, 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 SEAL theme of ‘Getting on and Falling Out’ explores these issues well.

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

  • All members of the school community treat each other with respect.




Value: Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs

How We Promote It:

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

  • Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs is promoted through the SDBE Religious Education programme. 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.

  • Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge and to enhance the learning in assemblies. Children have the opportunity to visit places of worship such the local mosque, hindu temple and synagogue.

  • Our humanities scheme of work, encourages looking at other historical periods of time and cultures to explore their beliefs and values and develops a respect for different views. We have themed days that enable the children to really experience these times.

St. John’s C of E Primary School 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. At St John’s, we promote these values through our own school values, curriculum and enrichment activities.

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