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British Values

At Stoughton Infant & Nursery School we uphold and teach pupils about the British Values which are defined as:

  • democracy  

  • rule of law  

  • individual liberty  

  • mutual respect  

  • tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs 


These values are taught explicitly through Personal, Social, Health and Emotional (PSHE), Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Religious Education (RE).  We also teach British Values through planning and delivering a broad and balanced curriculum.


The school takes opportunities to actively promote British Values through our assemblies and whole-school systems, such as electing and running a School Council. We also actively promote the British values through ensuring that our curriculum planning and delivery includes real opportunities for exploring these values. Actively promoting British Values also means challenging pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views.


At Stoughton Infant & Nursery School, these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:


Democracy is an important value at our school.  Within the school the children are taught early on good listening skills and how is it important to share and have their voices heard.  Children have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council. The elections of members of the School Council are based on pupil votes.


The Rule of Law:

The importance of laws and rules, whether they are those that govern the class, the school or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days. Consistent rules are used across the school and within the school community, such as online safety rules.  The children are taught about consequences when rules are broken.  


Individual Liberty:

Pupils are actively encouraged to make choices at our school, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we provide boundaries for our children to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and well-planned curriculum. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our online safety teaching and PSHE lessons. Pupils are given the freedom to make choices, for example, signing up for extra-curricular lunchtime clubs.


Mutual Respect:

Our school values (positivity, courage, perseverance, love and nurture) are at the core of our school culture and ethos and they support mutual respect.    These values are intrinsic in everyday school life but are also explored and celebrated in our school assemblies.  Adults in the school model these values to the children and the school community.  


Tolerance of Those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:

This is achieved through enhancing pupils’ understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience the diversity of the United Kingdom and around the world.   We invite visitors into the school such as the local Rabbi or conduct visits using technologies such as Zoom.  We hold assemblies that focus on stories from around the world, festivals and celebrations.  Discussions are had that involve prejudices and prejudice-based bullying  and these have been challenged by lessons in RE, PSHE and our anti-bullying week.  Children discuss the faiths and celebrations from around the world and get the opportunity to perform in their home language.  

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