St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, Thame

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British Values

Teaching British Values at St Joseph’s Primary School

The Government defined British values in their 2011 Prevent Strategy and have provided advice to schools in ‘Promoting fundamental British Values as part of SMSC in schools’ (2014).

 Schools are required to promote the following British Values:

  • Democracy
  • Rule of law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect
  • Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs

At St Joseph’s the teaching of these values is embedded into our school ethos, PSHCE and across other areas of the curriculum.  The Values are reinforced regularly in the following ways.

British Value


How we teach the value



An understanding of how citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process.

Children have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. We have a School Council which meets regularly to discuss issues raised in classes. The council members for each year group are voted in by their class. The School Council is able to affect change within the school and works together to respond to different issues raised.

Class debates are used regularly in various areas of the curriculum.

Pupil questionnaires.

Campaign and election of School council and l House Captains.

Rule of law


An appreciation that living under the rule of law protects individual citizens and is essential for their wellbeing and safety.


An understanding that there is a separation of power between the executive and the judiciary, and that while some public bodies such as the police and the army can be held to account through Parliament, others such as the courts maintain independence.

The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies.


From EYU, children are involved in writing their own classroom 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 and Fire Service help reinforce this message.


Through teaching and playing or taking part in various sporting activities and tournaments

Individual liberty

An understanding that the freedom to choose and hold other faiths and beliefs is protected in law.

Within school, 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 choices safely, through provision of a safe environment and empowering education.

Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely. All children take part each year in E-Safety activities including national Safer Internet Day. Also through our PSHCE lessons children explore these issues.

Pupils are given the freedom to make choices whether it’s through participation in different extra-curricular clubs or through the individual way they complete tasks in class. They are also given choices in their own learning.

We explore other faiths in RE, PSHCE and respect for all faiths is taught through assemblies and the curriculum.

·         PSHCE – Life Bus.

·         Assessment for learning – Self Assessment

·         School Council & Election of House captains

Mutual respect

An acceptance that other people having different faiths or beliefs to oneself (or having none) should be accepted and tolerated, and should not be the cause of prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour.

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.

Children explore Gospel Values each term such as respect, responsibility, friendship. These are shared through Collective Worship and throughout the school day. They are linked to different stories in the bible as well as being explored in practical ways for everyday life 

We regularly explore the concept of Fairtrade which helps children to gain an understanding of the lives of others across the world and practical things we can do to help make a difference.

We take part in the national Anti-Bullying week ensuring our children are equipped to recognise and challenge bullying behaviours.

·         Peer Assessment

·         Talk Partners

·         Class Rules

Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs

An understanding of the importance of identifying and combatting discrimination.

St Joseph’s   is a school which is not greatly diverse in terms of faith however our community has people from different countries and cultures.

We teach and encourage respect through all of our interaction with the whole school community.  We recognise that we are all made in God’s image, we love all people of the world and we treat others how we would want to be treated. We regularly fundraise for global disasters where ever they may be and learn about the people who need our help.

We actively promote diversity through our Multi-Faith week each year where children across the school explore different religions. During this time children explore stories and celebrations from a variety of faiths. We also explore different faiths in our RE Curriculum.



At St Joseph’s we will actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views.