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Leighton Primary School

British Values

Teaching British Values at Leighton Primary School

Promoting British Values at Leighton 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 this year.  At Leighton Primary School these values are reinforced regularly and are evidenced in the following ways:


Each year the children decide upon their class charter and the rights associated with these. All the children contribute to the drawing up of the charter.

We have a student council which meets regularly with the Headteacher to discuss issues raised in class council meetings. The council has its own budget and is genuinely able to effect change within the school. Every child on the student council is voted in by their class.

The Rule of Law

The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced at Leighton School.

Pupils are taught from an early age the rules and values of the school.

Rules and Safety Rules.

Pupils are taught the value of and reasons that lay behind rules and laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws and rules are broken.

Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service help reinforce this message.

Individual Liberty

At Leighton School, pupils are actively encouraged to make informed choices, knowing that they are in a safe and a supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make informed choices, through providing a safe environment and an empowering education.

Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our eSafety and PSHE lessons.

Mutual Respect

Mutual respect is at the heart of our values. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect. The first of our rules is that I will be respectful and polite.

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs

Leighton School is a very diverse school. We actively promote diversity through our celebrations of different faiths and cultures. Religious Education lessons and PSHE lessons reinforce messages of tolerance and respect for others. Members of different faiths and religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. The children visit places of worship that are important to different faiths.

British History

Through the study of British history pupils at our school pupils are taught to understand the different periods in our history in a chronological order. This takes place in both KS1 and KS2 with cross curricular topic work linked to the study of specific periods in British history which underpins notions of our shared heritage, values and traditions. In addition the school commemorates historic events such as Armistice Day.  

Commitment to charity work

Despite Leighton school being in an area of high social and economic deprivation. The school encourages its pupils to participate in and support good causes and charities. This reinforces that there are large numbers of people both at home and overseas who are much less fortunate than ourselves and they deserve our support. The school and its pupils and staff support a range of charities each year to underline and reinforce this value in the school.  

Hayley Sutton
Leighton Primary School