Modern British Values

DfE definition (2014)

‘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’

• An understanding as to how citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process
• An understanding that participation in elections by those opposed to democracy should be allowed by law, but the success of such candidates is undesirable for the well-being of society if it would lead to the end of democracy
• An understanding that bodies such as the police and the army can be held to account by the people, through the democratic organs of government
• An understanding that the freedom to hold other faiths and beliefs is protected in law, and an acceptance that other people having different faiths or beliefs to oneself (or having none) should not be the cause of prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour
At St Paul’s School we recognise, promote and teach modern British values in the following ways:



• Establishing a collectively agreed set of rules and expectations for the classroom and around the school that benefit everyone.
• Learning about the laws in society, their purpose, and respect for the people who help to enforce them.
• Attending an annual Junior Citizens event with our Year 6 pupils.
• Recognising parliament week and learning about democracy.
• High expectations for good sportsmanship during PE and games lessons and sporting events.
• Recognising and teaching the difference between right and wrong.
• Making visits to the Royal Courts of Justice/Houses of Parliament.
• Welcoming visits from the local MP and councillor.
• Playing an active role in monitoring parental parking behaviour as part of road safety in the local community.


• The house system gives the children chance to present their opinions and take part in a ballot.
• The school council influences decisions that are made in the school.
• Debates and discussions take place through our ‘philosophy for children’ initiative.
• News items are discussed.
• Black history month is recognised on an annual basis with specific teaching and learning planned.
• Children are encouraged to listen to each other and appreciate different opinions.
•  We are a ‘UNICEF rights respecting school’.
• In Year 6 children learn about people who have fought for equal rights and present an assembly on this theme.
• Children learn about the World Wars when British values were tested.


• E-safety is actively taught and promoted.
• Children organise fundraising activities for charities.
• They develop an awareness of global issues and our part in them (global warming, recycling, looking after the environment.)
• In the Foundation Stage children develop an early understanding of the world and develop the skills to share, co-operate and be good friends.
• Children are encouraged to lead a healthy lifestyle.
• They know that they have a responsibility to their friends.
• The school is Involved in the Team London volunteering scheme (Mayor of London)
• There is a motto for ‘Safe play or no play’ ethos in the playground
• Good self – esteem is maintained through praise and the recognition of every child as a unique individual.
• An annual money week is held to promote financial capability.
• The Year 6 children have a buddy system with children in the Foundation Stage to support them as they start school.


• Each year group learns about a different world religion, looking at differences and similarities between them and developing an appreciation and understanding of different faiths.
• Children demonstrate tolerance and understanding of each other and members of the school community.
• There is a strong belief that bullying is wrong and unacceptable.
• The home school agreement lays out the partnership between home and school and the expectations of parents, children and school.
• There is a strong link with our partner school in Madrid that has been built through visiting the school, learning about the culture and hosting return visits (June 2015)
• Great respect and care is shown for children with disabilities.
• A multi-cultural arts week is held every other year.
• Residential trips in Years 5 and 6 promote co-operation and responsibility towards each other in a different environment.

We are constantly looking for opportunities to develop values through our teaching and learning and to fulfil our school vision:
Our school is a happy, secure and inclusive Christian community in which children and adults work hard together as a team to care for each other and the world and to learn, grow and achieve success.