What are British values?

British values are defined as acceptance and engagement with;

the rule of law (by respecting and upholding laws)
individual liberty
mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs

The expectation is that pupils develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain.


What can we expect to see at St Mary's Primary School in respect of these values?

The way we teach these skills is embedded within our curriculum and ethos. Here are just some of the ways we have achieved this:


Through our school council:

  • we listen to all views
  • we debate arguments for and against
  • we become involved
  • we express our views peacefully
  • we vote and respect the result of the majority

Rule of Law

  • we make sure that our rules and expectations are very clear
  • we know the difference between right and wrong
  • we know that rules protect us
  • we respect the rules

Individual liberty

  • we are responsible for our own behaviour
  • we challenge stereotype and bias
  • we are an anti-bullying school
  • we promote self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence
  • we model freedom of speech in a peaceful manner

Respect and tolerance

  • we promote respect
  • we have respect for our own and others' cultures
  • we discuss differences of faith, ethnicity, disability, gender and families