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Barley and Barkway (VA) Church of England First Schools Federation

‘Living Life in All Its Fullness’

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British Values

Promoting British Values

We actively promote British values in our schools to ensure pupils leave prepared for life in modern Britain. Through our 12 Federation Values, pupils are encouraged to regard people of all faith, race and ethnicity with respect and tolerance. Our Federation Values are community, compassion, courage, forgiveness, friendship, generosity, justice, perseverance, service, thankfulness, trust, and truthfulness.


The Key British Values are democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs. We actively promote British values in the following ways:


Democracy – what do we do in school?
-    Class voting for the election of school councillors at the start of the year
-    Teach children they can influence decision-making through democratic process
-    Encourage children to be involved in decision-making processes and ensure they are listened to in school
-    Help children to express their views


“Involving students in decisions that impact on them can benefit their emotional health and wellbeing by helping them to feel part of the school and wider community and to have some control over their lives…students benefit through having opportunities to influence decisions, to express their views and to develop strong social networks.” PHE Promoting children and young people’s emotional health and wellbeing – p.19 Student voice.


Rule of law – what do we do in school?
-    Ensure school rules and expectations are clear and fair
-    Follow class rules and celebrate successes
-    Help children distinguish right from wrong


Individual liberty – what do we do in school?
-    Support children to develop self-knowledge, self-esteem, self-confidence
-    Encourage children to take responsibility for their behaviour, as well as knowing their rights
-    Freedom of speech through pupil participation
-    Challenge stereotypes
-    Employ a strong anti-bullying culture
-    E-Safety is taught to all year groups and parents and staff receive training on these.


Mutual Respect and tolerance of different cultures and religions– what do we do in school?
-    Explore positive role models in our curriculum who reflect the characteristics of the 2010 Equality Act
-    Challenge prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour
-    Organise visits to places of worship
-    Our RE curriculum ensures children have a good understanding of a range of religious beliefs and customs
-    Help children understand and respect their own and other cultures and ways of life


Living life in all its fullness. John 10