British Values

Promoting British Values



Through its curriculum, extra-curricular activities, teaching and learning this school will promote British values.  By doing so, we will ensure that all learners understand the values that have traditionally underpinned British society.  The teaching of these values will promote cohesiveness within our school and community.  We will prepare pupils for life in England where the population has an increasingly rich diversity of backgrounds, origins, beliefs and cultures by promoting the values on which our society has been built.  By teaching pupils these values we will help all to become good citizens of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.



  1. To ensure that all develop an understanding of the values which underpin life in Britain.
  2. To teach pupils to have a mutual respect and tolerance for, and an understanding of the various faiths and beliefs represented in Britain today.
  3. To ensure that all learn to uphold the rule of law and support freedom, justice and equality.
  4. To help all understand and value the rich diversity that other citizens from different cultures, religions and backgrounds bring to our national society.
  5. To value peoples’ differences and respect them.
  6. To develop pupils’ awareness and tolerance of communities different to their own.
  7. To value democracy and to stand up for right against wrong.
  8. To care for the sick, the poor, the weak and the old and treat them as valued members of our society.
  9. To ensure that learners become loyal and patriotic citizens of the United Kingdom.



  1. The school will promote British values through its teaching, learning across the subjects of the curriculum to help all understand how the values have underpinned life in Britain throughout its history, geography, language, literature, sport and games, personal and social education and religions.
  2. This school will teach children about the growth and development of our parliamentary democracy and its key institutions including the constitutional monarchy.
  3. Learners will be taught about democracy and universal suffrage and the duty of citizens to participate in and contribute to life in Britain.
  4. We will develop the skills of participation and responsible action necessary for living together in harmony as citizens of United Kingdom.
  5. Pupils will learn about the democratic structures of our national government and we will promote civic pride by helping them learn and understand about local government.
  6. Across the curriculum we will teach the importance of duty, loyalty and patriotism.



Through our work and partnerships pupils will gain a good understanding of the values that underpin the privileges, rights, responsibilities and duties of citizenship.  We will equip young people with the knowledge, skills and understanding to make a positive contribution to the harmony of our local and national community.  We will develop responsible young people who support and positively value community cohesion.  This policy will make a key contribution to the school’s positive ethos.  The Head of School, Executive Headteacher and Governing Body will assess the impact of this policy and monitor its operation.


Other Policies

The policy should be read in conjunction with the Health & Safety Policy and the school’s policies on equal opportunities.


This policy will be reviewed in accordance with the Governing Body annual cycle.




SEAL theme – Every other year focus


Related values


New beginnings


Thoughtfulness, caring


Getting on and falling out


Patience, understanding


Going for goals


Rights, trust


Good to be me


Trust, humility




Tolerance, understanding








Promoting British Values at Yeoford Primary School

The DfE have recently 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.”


At Yeoford Primary these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:



Each year the children decide upon their Buddies and Play Leaders, who promote fair play and help resolve friendship issues during playtimes.   We have a student council which meets every month with a HLTA to discuss issues raised in class, playtimes and to discuss fundraising issues. The school council collaboratively judge school competitions. Children have an annual questionnaire where they are able to put forward their views about the school.


The Rule of Law

The importance of laws, whether they are those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced at Yeoford Primary.

Pupils are taught from an early age the rules of the school and behaviour is regulated using a traffic light system. These are our Class Rules, Playground Rules and Safety Rules. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind rules and 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, Fire Service, our School nurse and Internet Safety Officers help reinforce this message.


Individual Liberty

At Yeoford Primary, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make informed choices, through a safe environment and an empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how

to exercise these safely, for example through our eSafety and PSHE lessons.


Mutual Respect

Mutual respect is at the heart of our values. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect. These values are reinforced through PSHE sessions, termly 'Feel Good' Days and assemblies.


Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs

We actively promote diversity through our celebrations of different

faiths and cultures. Religious Education lesson and PSHE lessons reinforce messages of tolerance and respect for others.  Members of different faiths and religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. The children visit places of worship that are important to different faiths eg : our local church, as well as to the synagogue and mosque in Exeter.