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British Values


British Values at St Michael's


The Department for Education expects schools 

 "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, mutual respect, and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs." 


At St Michael's we give our pupils the necessary awareness and understanding of what it means to be a good citizen in Britain today. Through our Curriculum we teach about democracy, civic responsibility, rules and laws, equality, values, environmental awareness and understanding of other faiths.


We promote the five British Values within school in the following ways:


Democracy :

  • By Providing pupils with a broad general knowledge and promote respect for, public institutions and services
  • Teaching pupils how they can influence decision-making through the democratic process
  • Encouraging pupils to become involved in decision-making processes and ensure they are listened to in school – this is achieved through our Mission Statement, pastoral provision and School Council
  • Holding class debates and helping pupils to express their views
  • Enabling pupils to have their voices heard through our School Council and pupil discussions


 Rule of law 

  • By ensuring excellent behaviour is an absolute priority 
  • Ensuring school rules and expectations are clear and fair
  • Ensuring pupils recognise they are ambassadors for the school when representing the school outside e.g. educational visits and sporting events.
  • Helping pupils to respect the law  and understand that living under the rule of law protects individuals
  • Developing restorative justice approach to resolve conflicts
  • Arranging safety visits e.g. road safety, fire safety, police, online safety


The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced on a daily basis, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies.


Individual liberty 

  • By ensuring St. Michael's is a safe place for children and nurtures an atmosphere in which pupils can make choices about school life in a supportive environment
  • Supporting pupils to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Ensuring pupils take responsibility for their behaviour, as well as knowing their rights
  • Encouraging freedom of speech through pupil participation, while ensuring protection of vulnerable pupils and promoting critical analysis of evidence
  • Challenging stereotypes
  • Implementing a strong anti-bullying culture
  • Choosing learning challenges/activities
  • Taking part in enrichment clubs
  • Through marking and feedback pupils know their successes and what the next steps are for learning


Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for pupils to make choices safely, through provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advise how to exercise these safely, for example, through our Online Safety and PSHE lessons.


Mutual respect and tolerance of others 

  • Promoting respect of individual differences 
  • Celebration Assembly
  • Helping pupils to acquire an understanding of, and respect for, their own and other cultures and way of life
  • Challenging prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour
  • Organising visits to places of worship
  • Ensuring children of different faiths and religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school

  • By Developing links with other faith communities
  • Discussing differences between people, such as differences of faith, ethnicity, disability, and gender and differences of family situations, such as young carers
  • At St Michael's we actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to the values we hold as a school, including ‘extremist’ views. 


At St Michael’s Catholic Primary School it is the intention of the whole school community to nurture a loving, caring, supportive quality environment in which every child has the opportunity to develop Spiritually, Morally, Intellectually, Socially and Emotionally in an atmosphere of trust and mutual respect.


St Michael's British Values