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Fundamental British Values

What are the Fundamental British Values?

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At Ordsall Primary School we actively teach our children about Fundamental British Values. We do this through our Contextualised Curriculum, Assemblies and what we do and the way we live our lives in school.

It could be:

  • Electing our school council and listening to the views and ideas of others- Democracy
  • Deciding the book we will share - Democracy
  • Work about other Faiths and Cultures in Religious Education or another subject - Respect and Tolerance
  • Accepting the Beliefs of Others - Respect and Tolerance
  • Aiming to Achieve our Targets - Individual Liberty
  • Taking responsibility for what we do and how we act - Individual Liberty
  • Following the rules of our school and our class - Rule of Law
  • Learning about different emergency services and other support networks - Rule of Law


Around our school on our displays and in our classrooms you will see which value we have looked at as part of our work. We use our British Values hand to remind us of each value.


We learn all about Democracy

The ability to communicate is the most important area of learning. At Ordsall Primary School we empower our pupils by giving them opportunities to make choices about the things that they believe to be important. Pupil voice is regularly used by the school to seek children's views and that of others about different aspects of school life. By doing this we ensure that pupils are given a ‘voice’ to communicate with others both in school and the wider area. By valuing each ‘voice’ and by listening and responding to that voice we demonstrate that we support democracy and liberty.

We learn all about Respect and Tolerance

We live in a multi-faith community where each person is respected and valued equally without regard to ability, gender, faith, heritage or race. Cultural appreciation and the development of cultural capital is part of our curriculum. We place great emphasis on providing encounters and participation in events and celebrations to broaden all pupils’ experiences and awareness of others in areas areas such as: friendships, helping others and celebrations from a range of faiths and world events.

Pupils develop their Culture Capital through our curriculum themes and the teaching and learning within them. Our School takes part in local sporting activities which helps to instil ‘fair play’ and engender a ’team spirit’. For example, children have the opportunity to participate in football, dodgeball, cricket and swimming competitions. The staff work closely with parents, carers and other professionals to ensure that the pupils school are happy, well cared for and enabled to learn the skills they need to live a fulfilling life as part of their community.

Through this work we develop Tolerance and Respect within our children.

We learn about the Rule of law

We involve pupils in setting codes of behaviour; helping pupils to make decisions and choices that are acceptable to the school community and society at large. Pupils are helped to learn to manage their behaviour and take responsibility for their actions. Staff are committed to providing a consistent and predicable environment within the school and beyond. In our work we aim to help our children to understand the connection between actions and consequences alongside the reasoning behind different rules and laws. This type of environment enables pupils to feel safe and secure; this in turn, promotes the optimum conditions for learning to take place.

We learn all about Individual Liberty

Pupils are encouraged to become good and valued citizens who understand their rights to be themselves. We do this by supporting each pupil to become as independent as possible and individuals who respect the rights of others and where others will respect them. We endeavour to demonstrate that everyone has rights, including the right to say ‘No’ when appropriate. Some pupils will take responsibility for particular roles and understand that with certain rights comes a level of responsibility. Learning to do things independently is an important part of learning to understand yourself. We support others by participating in local community and national events and charitable events such as, Children in Need, Anti-Bullying Week, Macmillan Coffee Mornings as well as supporting Local Charities. We believe that by engendering a caring and helpful environment and by learning to be independent can boost and nurture a healthy self-esteem.


The DfE have published Guidance about the Promotion of Fundamental British Values which the school follows.