British Values

Promoting British Values


How we promote it at Barham


We have an elected school council. This is used as an opportunity to promote and teach about democracy and the electoral process.

All pupils in the school take part in an annual questionnaire to find out how they think we can improve the school. Pupils’ ideas are included in the annual School Improvement Plan.

We encourage our pupils to volunteer in and out of school. This includes being sports captains, house captains, play leaders, and also raising money for local and national charities (Y5 girls organising a cake sale for WWF, Y6 boy organising a sponsored walk to raise money for refugee crisis, Cake sale for Sport relief, Sponsored walk for Malawi Association for Christian Support, Non-school uniform days for national charities and food collected for local food bank at Harvest).

The beginnings of democracy are taught through historical research of the Ancient Greek civilisation.

Democracy is also promoted through additional PSHE lessons and assemblies.

High profile figures such as Nelson Mandela and Malala Yousafzai are discussed in assemblies.

Children take part in a mock election during election years.

The Rule of Law

We have high expectations about pupil conduct and this is reflected in our Behaviour Policy.

Assemblies focus on our Christian values.

Through our school assemblies, circle time and PSHE, pupils are taught how to earn trust and respect and are supported to develop a strong sense of morality; knowing right from wrong and doing the right think even when it’s difficult.

The local PCSO visits the school and has taken part in speeding initiatives with KS2 children.

Individual Liberty

Children are taught to respect their rights and the rights of others.

Through our school values and the SEAL PSHE programme, children are taught about personal responsibility, choices, ambition and aspiration. They are encouraged to take opportunities to follow their interests in art, music, sport etc.

Children are taught how to keep themselves safe, including on-line. This is done through computing lessons, assemblies and outside organisations as well as through the PSHE curriculum.

We have a safer internet day and ‘Just Different’ day at school.

Mutual Respect

Our high expectations of pupil conduct are reflected in the school’s Behaviour Policy.

Through our school’s values, Jigsaw scheme, PSHE and circle time, children are taught to respect each other, to be cooperative and collaborative, be supportive and to look for similarities while being understanding of differences. (Just Different workshops).

Mutual respect is also promoted through additional PSHE lessons and assemblies. A range of specific assemblies were delivered focusing on helping other pupils to understand specific special needs.

Buddy bus stop and buddy system encourage pupils to look after each other and think about others’ feelings.

Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs

Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs is promoted through the RE syllabus. Children learn about different religions, their beliefs, places of worship and festivals.

Curriculum enrichment weeks focus on different cultures/faiths (RE week, multicultural week).

Children learn about significant different religious festivals such as Diwali and Ramadan.

People from different faiths/cultures are invited to the school to share knowledge about their beliefs.

Local religious leaders make visits and children have the opportunity to visit places of worship – our local church and Canterbury cathedral.

As a school we will actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to the fundamental British Values, including “extremist” views.