British Values


Promoting Fundamental British Values at St Mary’s.

In accordance with The Department for Education and our Catholic Faith, we aim to actively promote British values in school to ensure young people leave school prepared for life in modern Britain. Pupils are encouraged to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance and understand that while different people may hold different views about what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, all people living in England are subject to its law.

The Key Values are:


  • democracy
  • rule of law
  • individual liberty
  • mutual respect
  • tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs


How this is done at St Mary’s Catholic Primary School:


We help children to remember the British Values through the thumb and finger model

Thumb – democracy – up or down to give opinion.

Index finger – Rule of Law - pointing

Middle finger – Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs – tallest finger    pointing to God.

Ring Finger – Mutual respect – wedding ring – respect for other people

Little finger – Individual Liberty – sticks out on its own.




We actively promote British values through

Focusing on and showing how the school’s work is effective in securing these values

Challenging pupils, staff or parents who express opinions contrary to British values


Democracy – what do we do?

Provide pupils with a broad general knowledge of, and promote respect for, public institutions and services

Teach pupils how they can influence decision-making through the democratic process

Include in the curriculum information on the advantages and disadvantages of democracy and how it works in Britain

Encourage pupils to become involved in decision-making processes and ensure they are listened to in school

Help pupils to express their views

Model how perceived injustice can be peacefully challenged

Democracy is shown through history topics where relevant

Circle Time and discussion groups

Opportunities for mediation where appropriate to resolve differences of understanding or opinions to support caring and trusted relationships between children.


Rule of law – what do we do?

Ensure school rules and expectations are clear and fair

Class rules and celebration of adhering to these rules

Help pupils to distinguish right from wrong

Help pupils to respect the law and the basis on which it is made

Help pupils to understand that living under the rule of law protects individuals

Promote visits from the police across the year



Individual liberty – what do we do?

Support pupils to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence

Encourage pupils to take responsibility for their behaviour, as well as knowing their rights

Model freedom of speech through pupil participation, while ensuring protection of vulnerable pupils and promoting critical analysis of evidence

Challenge stereotypes and  implement a strong anti-bullying culture

Anti-bullying activities underpinned by our Kidsafe program and Kidsafe leaders

E-Safety through school


Respect and tolerance – what do we do?

Promote respect for individual differences

Help pupils to acquire an understanding of, and respect for, their own and other cultures and ways of life

Challenge prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour

Develop links with faith and other communities through RE and working alongside children and their families

Learning to disagree in a respectful way

Develop critical personal thinking skills through our P4C and CARITAS work



We use the following resources to help us deliver British Values

CORAM Life Education  




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