British Values

Promoting Fundamental British Values at Liscard Primary School

The Department for Education states that there is a 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.”

Liscard Primary aims to reflect British values in all that we do.  We aim to nurture our children on their journey so they can grow into safe, caring, democratic, responsible and understanding people who make a positive contribution to British society and beyond. We encourage our children to be unique, open-minded and independent individuals, respectful of themselves and of others in our school, our local community and the wider world. 

The Key Values are:

  • Democracy

  • Rule of law

  • Individual liberty

  • Mutual respect

  • Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

 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 via Class and School Council Meetings and other pupil voice opportunities

  • Hold ‘mock elections’ so pupils learn how to argue and defend points of view

  • Help pupils to express their views through oracy development using Voice 21 and Critical Thinking Strategies

  • Model how perceived injustice can be peacefully challenged

  • Democracy is shown through history topics where and when relevant

Rule of law – what do we do?

  • Ensure school rules and expectations are clear and fair - Be Kind - Work Hard - Never Give Up

  • Class rules and celebration of adhering to these rules through recognition walls

  • 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

  • Include visits from the police across the year both planned responsive

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

  • Organise visits to and from places of worship

  • 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

  • Continue to understand why we are a School of Sanctuary

 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 Implement a strong anti-bullying culture

  • Anti-bullying Ambassadors

  • Online Safety Committee including Digital Leaders