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Teaching British Values

Promoting British Values at St Michael’s Primary School, Withyham

The DfE  reinforced the need to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation of 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. 

Teaching staff recieved training in this area.  Some of the information is included in the poewerpoint below.


Children meeting the Duchess of Cornwall


The royal maroon Sikorsky S-76C+ arriving



At the start of each year the children decide upon their class rules and the rights associated with these. All children contribute to the drawing up of their class rules.

We have a School Council, which meets every Monday with the Head Teacher. Every class should have weekly class council meetings.  Issues raised at these are then discussed with the School Council.  The School Council works with the community who also sometimes attend meetings, for example members of the Parish Council, and Governors.

Elections for members of the School Council take place at the start of each year. The Head Boy and Head Girl are also members of the School Council.  All staff in the school choose these two important role models.  We look for responsible individuals with empathy, kindness and a sense of fairness. 

Children have an annual questionnaire in which they are able to put forward their views about the school. The class teacher makes sure concerns are followed up and discusses any responses that indicate any anxieties with individuals to find solutions.

The Rule of Law

The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced at St Michael’s Primary.

Pupils are taught from an early age the rules of the school. These are our Golden Rules, Playground Rules and Safety Rules. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind rules and laws, which govern and protect us.  We also discuss the responsibilities that come with these rights and laws and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service help reinforce this message. 

Individual Liberty

At St Michael’s, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make informed choices, through a safe environment and an inspiring education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our eSafety and PSHE lessons. 


Mutual Respect

Mutual respect is at the heart of our values. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect. 

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs

At St Michael’s we actively promote diversity through our celebrations of different faiths and cultures. Religious Education lessons and PSHE lessons reinforce messages of tolerance and respect for others.  The school population is largely white and British.  We are always looking for ways to celebrate diversity and multi cultural aspects of life.

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