British Values

Promoting Fundamental British Values at St John’s CE 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.” The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values have been reiterated in Promoting Fundamental British Values as part of SMSC in Schools, DfE November 2014.

At St John’s CE Primary School we take very seriously our responsibility to prepare children for life in modern Britain. We value the ethnic backgrounds of all pupils and families and undertake a variety of events and lessons to celebrate and explore these alongside other cultures in our community.

We ensure that the fundamental British Values are introduced, discussed and lived out through the ethos and work of our school. These universal concepts are a golden thread throughout our curriculum and learning. Our cross curricular approach provides excellent opportunities to deepen and develop the spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding of our children.

At St John’s, we value the voice of the child and promote democratic processes such as our school council. Ideas and events are planned and discussed with a chance for debate and putting forward points of view; such as the whole school voting for our chosen Lent charity.

Throughout their time at St John’s our children are given opportunities to develop independence and take responsibility for their behaviour, making very positive contributions to our local community and country. Due to our rich cultural diversity, tolerance, harmony and respect are fundamental core values, evident in the daily life of our school.  Our approach leads to our children’s life experiences being enriched and developed, preparing them to be outstanding citizens in modern Britain.