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British Values

From September 2014, all schools are required by the DfE to actively promote fundamental British values as part of their own broad and balanced curriculum. These values are to be promoted alongside the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of all pupils.

At Potton Primary School we actively promote our values.

Please find below some examples of how we promote the key British values. We take every opportunity to live and show our values and this list is not exhaustive.


British Value

How we promote the value


Love, Unity, Co-operation, Trust, Responsibility, Freedom, Sharing

  • School vision, aims & ethos
  • School values
  • School Council
  • Policies, particularly our Behaviour policy and SMSC policy
  • School rules
  • Learning walks for behaviour
  • Planning and children’s work
  • Pupil, Parent, Governor & Staff questionnaires
  • Children are given the opportunity to take on leadership roles, for example playground buddies and prefects.
  • Children are encouraged to work cooperatively in pairs and groups as well as whole class situations.

Rule of Law

Love, Understanding, Peace, Freedom, Forgiveness, Honesty, Respect

  • School vision, aims & ethos
  • School values
  • School Council
  • Policies, particularly our Behaviour policy and SMSC policy
  • School Rules
  • Class Rules
  • Learning walks for behaviour
  • PSHE planning and children’s work, teaching the value and reason behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken
  • The importance of laws, whether they are those that govern the class, the school, or the country is consistently reinforced
  • Pupil, Parent & Staff questionnaires
  • Visits from other authorities, such as the Police, Fire Brigade, Nurses etc.

Individual Liberty

Love, Appreciation, Freedom, Courage, Hope, Joy, Simplicity

  • School vision, aims & ethos,
  • School values
  • Freedom to make choices within a safe and controlled environment
  • Show independence in learning
  • Respect other’s views
  • Choice of presentation of homework through weekly homework books and ClassDojo
  • Enrichment opportunities for individuals and groups
  • SEND – providing child-centred learning for all abilities
  • School Council – a voice for children
  • Celebrating all children’s achievements e.g. academic, sporting, creative
  • Exercise their rights and personal freedom safely e.g. E-safety guidance, PSHE lessons

Mutual Respect and Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs

Love, Friendship, Understanding, Patience, Appreciation, respect, Humility, Co-operation, Tolerance, Community

  • School vision, aims & ethos,
  • School values We recognise that we are all equal, all different and all unique through promoting values that focus on love, respect and tolerance
  • Mutual respect is pivotal and is promoted explicitly in our RE and PSHE curriculum
  • Learning about different faiths is embedded in our RE syllabus. Children respect and appreciate the differences between faiths, taking part in faith walks, visits to places of worship, welcoming religious leaders from different faiths
  • Exploring how our values are important in different faiths
  • Participating in multi-faith celebrations and festivals
  • An appreciation of the global community in assembly and PSHE lessons including discussion of world events
  • Behaviour policy
  • SMSC policy