British Values

Promoting Fundamental British Values at St. Mary’s.

In accordance with The Department for Education and our Catholic Faith, we aim to actively promote British values in our school, In order to ensure young people leave us 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


How this is done at St. Mary’s Catholic Primary School:

We actively promote British values through:

Focusing on and showing how the school’s work is effective in securing these values

Challenging pupils, staff or parents who express opinions contrary to British values

Completing a 'Focus Teaching Week', during which we develop and Improve our knowledge and understanding of British Values


Democracy – what do we do?

Provide pupils with a broad general knowledge of, and promote respect for, public institutions and services

Teach pupils how they can influence decision-making through the democratic process

Include in the curriculum information on the advantages and disadvantages of democracy and how it works in Britain

Encourage pupils to become involved in decision-making processes and ensure they are listened to in school

Hold 'pupil leadership group elections’ so pupils learn how to put forward their own points of view

Help pupils to express their views

Model how perceived injustice can be peacefully challenged

Democracy is shown through history topics where relevant; our older children may also visit the Houses of Parliament

Circle Time and discussion groups


Rule of law – what do we do?

Collaboratively write class and whole school Rights and Responsibilities, which are both clear and fair at the beginning of each school year

Class rules and celebration of adhering to these rules

Help pupils to distinguish right from wrong

Help pupils to respect the law and the basis on which it is made

Help pupils to understand that living under the rule of law protects individuals

Include vocational visits throughout the year


Individual liberty – what do we do?

Support pupils to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence

Encourage pupils to take responsibility for their behaviour, as well as knowing their rights

Model freedom of speech through pupil participation, while ensuring protection of vulnerable pupils

Challenge stereotypes Implement a strong anti-bullying culture, where all children feel safe and empowered to speak out

E-Safety through school


Respect and tolerance – what do we do?

Promote respect for individual differences

Help pupils to acquire an understanding of, and respect for, their own and other cultures and ways of life

Challenge prejudicial or discriminatory actions and behaviour

Develop our awareness and appreciation of other faiths and beliefs

Develop links with faith and other communities

Learn to disagree in a respectful way

Develop critical personal thinking skills