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Fundamental British Values

The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy and these values were reiterated by the Prime Minister in 2014.

“A key part of our plan for education is to ensure children become valuable and fully rounded members of society who treat others with respect and tolerance, regardless of background.”

“We want every school to promote the basic British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance for those of different faiths and beliefs.”

“This ensures young people understand the importance of respect and leave school fully prepared for life in modern Britain.”

Our school reflects British values in all that we do.  We aim to nurture our children on their journey through life so they can grow into safe, caring, democratic, responsible and tolerant adults who make a positive difference to British society and to the world. We encourage our children to be creative, unique, open-minded and independent individuals, respectful of themselves and of others in our school, our local community and the wider world. 

The Collective Worship Long Term Plan highlights where the Fundamental British Values are taught.

At St Ann's Primary School these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways.


How We Promote It



  • We have an elected School Council.  This is used as an opportunity to promote and teach about democracy and the electoral process.
  • We encourage volunteerism in and out of school.  This includes some of our Super Leader Teams e.g. Eco-Council, Sports Leaders, Peer Listeners and also raising money for local and national charities. 
  • The beginnings of democracy are taught through historical research of the Ancient Greece civilisation.
  • Democracy is promoted through additional PSHE lessons and assemblies. 
  • Children are taught about the being a good citizen during our Citizenship day in September. The whole school vote on class councillors and Head Boy and Girl.
  • We celebrate UK Parliament Week.
  • Children are provided with opportunities to take part in votes e.g. voting for new playtime equipment.



  • We have high expectations about pupil conduct and this is reflected in our Relationships, Self-Regulation and Behaviour Policy. 
  • We have three school rules based around our 3Cs – Courtesy, Care and Concentration.
  • Each class develops a Class Charter based on the UNICEF Children’s Right’s Charter.
  • There are rewards for exhibiting good and caring behaviour and consistent demonstration of our values is recognised through various awards e.g. appreciation award and Pride of St Ann’s
  • Through our school assemblies and PSHE scheme 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.
  • The local community police officers / fire fighters visit the school to talk to the children and explain about their role in society.



  • Through our distinctly Christian values and the PSHE scheme, children are taught about personal responsibility, choices, ambition and aspiration.  They are encouraged to take opportunities to follow their interests in art, music, sport for example.
  • Our Jigsaw scheme of work has specific units relating to individual liberty.
  • Children are taught how to keep themselves safe, including on-line.  This is done through computing lessons, collective worship and outside organisations such as the NSPCC, as well as through the PSHE curriculum.
  • Individual Liberty is taught through collective worship, especially those focused on global issues.
  • Aspirations Focus Days promotes the wide range of career choices available.


  • We have high expectations about pupil conduct and this is reflected in our Relationships, Self-Regulation and Behaviour Policy and SMSC Policy.   
  • Through our Christian values and PSHE scheme children are taught to respect each other, to be co-operative and collaborative, be supportive and to look for similarities while being understanding of differences.
  • Mutual respect is promoted through collective worship.  A range of specific worships are delivered focusing on helping other pupils to understand specific special needs and charities.
  • Our Super Leaders initiative promotes mutual respect amongst children of different ages within the same team.
  • Children are taught how to become a Peer Listener and Sports Leader to support others during playtimes.
  • Staff role model mutual respect for the children.


  • We have high expectations about pupil conduct and this is reflected in our Relationship & Behaviour Policy and Equality & Diversity Policy, Equality Scheme and Equality Objectives.
  • Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs is promoted through the Syllabus for Religious Education and PSHE.  Children learn about different religions, their beliefs, places of worship and festivals.  The children’s work on this subject or whole school learning in worship is often displayed in the classrooms or around the school.
  • This is supplemented by collective worship (class, key stage and whole school), which also mark and celebrate significant religious festivals such as Chinese New Year and Diwali.
  • Visits are made by local religious leaders and children have the opportunity to visit places of worship.
  • Where relevant explicit links are made to tolerance of different faiths and beliefs across the curriculum e.g. in English and the wider curriculum.

Each class library contains books that promote Fundamental British Values.