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St Helen's CE Primary School

Loving Learning, Loving God, Loving Our Neighbour

Promoting British Values


The DfE have reinforced the need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on 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.”

The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy. At St Helen’s these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:


The promotion of democracy is extensive within the school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council and pupil questionnaires. Children in each class vote for the children they want to represent them on school Council. Children vote for charities that they wish to support and a variety of events take place during the year to support these charities.


The Rule of Law:

The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout the school day.  Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message.

Individual Liberty:

Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we provide opportunities for young pupils to make choices within a safe environment. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms. This happens throughout our curriculum but more specifically in our E-Safety, PSHE and P4C lessons. Pupils are given the freedom to make choices, for example signing up for extra-curricular clubs, choosing the level of challenge in some lessons and deciding what to present at class assemblies to parents.

Mutual Respect:

As a Church of England school, our ethos is based around core Christian values, including respect. Our aims ‘Loving Learning, Loving God and Loving Our Neighbour’ are firmly based on the value of respect, which permeates all aspects of school life, including our school development plan and behaviour policy. This is supported by our values led worship time and main hall display, with a different value each half term. Pairs of classes from different Key Stages are linked as ‘Learning Buddies’. The classes meet each half term to work on different projects, which helps to promote respect between children of different ages.

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:

This is achieved through enhancing pupils understanding of  a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying are woven into learning in RE, PSHE and P4C. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. Each year group visits a different place of worship annually. Opportunities are sought within the curriculum and the school community to celebrate our cultural and religious differences.

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