British values

Promoting British values as part of SMSC

 All school are required to promote children’s social, moral, cultural, mental and physical development. As part of our school ethos and through the broader curriculum we aim to develop children’s spiritually, morally, socially, and culturally. We teach this into the teaching of fundamental British values.

 “Schools should 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. This can help schools to demonstrate how they are meeting the requirements of section 78 of the Education Act2002, in their provision of SMSC.

Actively promoting the values means challenging opinions or behaviours in school that are contrary to fundamental British values. Attempts to promote systems that undermine fundamental British values would be completely at odds with schools’ duty to provide SMSC. The Teachers’ Standards expect teachers to uphold public trust in the profession and maintain high standards of ethics and behaviour, within and outside school. This includes not undermining fundamental British values.”  - Promoting Fundamental British values as part of SMSC in schools (DfE, 2014)

Fundamental British values

British Values

For Pupils

For the wider community


Promotion of democratic processes, fostering the concept and application of freedom of speech and group action to address needs and concerns.  Key to this is the concept of holding others to account, including those in positions of authority and influence.

Making Decisions together


School council – candidates write their own manifesto

Secret Ballots – voting for team names using ballot papers and polling booths


Newspaper Club

Democratic processes e.g choosing rewards for Golden Time (KS2)


Persuasive writing

Learning about rights and responsibilities in historical societies e.g. Romans

Workshops e.g “Build a House in a Day”


Whole school ethos to encourage and support working together

Regular group, paired and collaborative work

Talk partners

Consultations – new school build, Multi Academy Trust proposal


Governor elections

Parent Voice



Rule of Law

The importance of laws and rules, whether they are those that govern the class, the school or the country, are consistently promoted throughout the day and across the curriculum.

Class contracts

Class rules

School Rainbow Rules

Golden Time

Class monitors

Promoting Positive Behaviour Policy

Visual timetables

Personalised reward charts

PSHE and SEAL curriculum

Visitors – Parish councillors, Police, West Devon Mayor

Following rules in PE – respecting the referees decision

Health and Safety rules – science, DT

Road Safety (split site)

Use of restorative justice



Home School Agreement

IT User Agreements – for pupils and staff

Abiding by the law i.e. no smoking site

DBS checks

Conduct Policy


Individual Liberty

Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their individual rights and responsibilities and advised how to use these safely.


Pupil voice – input into curriculum planning

Pupils making choices within the safe and secure school environment,

The arts – discussion and personal expression

“Compliment cards”

Class assemblies and whole school assemblies

School plays

School teams

Show and Tell, celebration time, Circle time

Free choice – dressing up

Anti-bullying Week

Raising awareness of stereotyping and promoting anti-discrimination

Children being given choices – style of writing, genres, choice of resources and equipment

“Rate my Play”

Personalised plans

Yr 6 Life Skills

Wide range of Extra-curricular clubs

E safety information for parents

Sex and Relationship information for parents

Choice of charities we support each year


Mutual Respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith

Celebrations of different faiths and cultural beliefs, inviting members of the school community to share their knowledge to enhance learning within the class in school, visits to and from different religious groups.

Religious Education: Gaining a greater understanding of religious diversity and practices, which covers key religions represented in the UK.  Planning for the subject is directed by the 'Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education (SACRE) - Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education for Torbay and Devon


Visitors  – e.g Imam from Exeter Mosque

Trips to  experience multi-cultural Britain – Bradford (Yr 6)

Supporting charities – Children in Need

Kindness tree – (Yr 5)

Vicar led assemblies

RE, MFL, SEAL and PSHE curriculum

Yr R Christian and Muslim weddings

Yr 1 “baptism”

Visits to places of worship e.g. church, synagogue


Celebrating festivals – Divali, Eid, Hanuka, Christmas, Chinese New Year

Multi - cultural Britain – food tasting, dressing up, displays, video clips,

Stories from other cultures

Celebrating origins of children – Indian, Polish and Hungarian topics

E safety  information for parents

Sharing skills and knowledge of different faiths

Remembrance Day

Inviting speakers from local community


Promoting British Values is not a “bolt on” it is part of the whole school ethos. It permeates across the whole school curriculum for example from our choice of resources, visitors and visits, display and text choices.

 Some of the Texts shared so far this year -

“Oranges in no man’s land” – Elizabeth Laird

“Christoph’s Story” – Nicki Cornwell

“Cloud busting”Malorie Blackman

“Rose Blanche” – Roberto innocent and Ian McEwan

“Friend or Foe” – Michael Morpurgo

“Handa’s Surprise” – Eileen Browne

“Mr Stink” – David Walliams

“The Election” – Eleanor Levenson