British Values


Promoting British Values at
Norton Hill Primary School

 The DFE have 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 in the Department for Education’s non-statutory advice, for promoting fundamental British values as part of SMSC in schools, November 2014. At Norton Hill Primary School these values are already a well-established thread in our curriculum and embedded through our school ethos and are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:

Norton Hill Primary – We have one overarching value that underpins our broken down values and vision and our daily work in our school community. These values are Curiosity, Respect; Enthusiasm; Achievement; Team Work; Independence; Valued; Individuality; Tolerance and You!

These values are regularly reinforced through assemblies and are very much at the forefront of life at Norton Hill. All children are introduced to our values over time.  As our children grow, we expect them to know our values and be able to exemplify how they might promote them.

If you were to visit Norton Hill Primary School, then these are some of the things that you might see. 

Learning Together 

  • “We share with each other and help all the time”
  • “We learn lots about different people and their cultures, I love this bit and find it really fun.”
  • “At Norton Hill, no one gets left behind.”
  • “We all work hard and listen to the adults and each other.”
  • “We take care of each other and our school.”
  • “We listen when someone else is speaking.”
  • “We never give up and try really hard.”
  • “We are honest all the time.”
  • “We are caring and kind.”

At Norton Hill Primary School, we develop and promote British Values throughout our school and within our curriculum.

“We want every school to promote the basic British Values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance for those of different faiths and beliefs.” Lord Nash

A key part of our plan for education is to ensure children become valuable and fully rounded members of society who treat others with respect and leave school fully prepared for life in modern Britain.

British Values

  • The Rule of Law

  • Democracy

  • Individual Liberty

  • Mutual Respect

  • Tolerance for those of different faiths and belief

To do this our children will develop;

  • An understanding of how citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process

  • An understanding that the freedom to hold other faiths and beliefs is protected in law

  • An acceptance that people having different faiths and beliefs to oneself (or having none) should be accepted and tolerated, and should not be the cause of discriminatory behaviour

  • An understanding of the importance or identifying and combating discrimination

The mission statement and aims of the school clearly reflect these values, and the whole school strives to uphold them.

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