British Values


British Values

At Stephen Freeman School we recognise the importance of teaching our children British Values. We do this as part of section 78 of the Education Act (2002) which requires “schools, as part of a broad and balanced curriculum, to promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society”. We understand the benefits of teaching children the British Values and the ways in which we do this are outlined in the table below.

British Value How are we teaching this? What are we doing?
Democracy ·         School Council – elections in each class to decide representatives. The reps hold meetings and vote on contributions to school events and changes.

·         We have a rota for the playframe and football pitch

·         Teachers regularly give children choices in their learning; whether this is a choice of activity or challenge level.

·         Class votes are a regular occurrence with children being asked to vote on changes or choices available to them.

·         Debates are used to encourage the children to learn how to express and defend their viewpoints in science, English, Computing and the Humanities.

·         Older children are given duties to carry out before school and at lunchtime, working with adults around the school.

·         In Rainbows, children take it in turns to take the class bear home each weekend and record what they have done with him.


The Rule of Law ·         Behaviour for Learning Policy.

·         Classroom rules and rewards.

·         Quiet Room (Used to encourage pupils who have broken rules to reflect on their behaviour during a time out).

·         Visits to Junior Citizenship for children in Year 6.

·         Organised visits from the emergency services for children in the Early Years; visits to KS2 to discuss railway safety, firework safety.

.          Logging incidents of general bullying, homophobic bullying and racist bullying, recording the outcomes and dealing with them in a timely and organised fashion.

Mutual Respect ·         Inclusion support delivered by Sue Shaw.

·         Encouraging all ages, abilities, genders and to take part in sporting events and clubs.

·         Celebrating achievements in assembly whether this is academic, athletic or an achievement outside of school.

·         The RE curriculum ( following Oxfordshire’s Agreed Syllabus) dictates the studying of other religions, cultures and places of worship.

·         Children are encouraged to respect the views and opinions of others given in lessons such as RE and PSHE.

·         The challenging of stereotypes in PSHE.

·         Rainbows have run an intervention for children who needed to understand the importance of sharing and apologising (this has proved to be very successful!)

·         “Special Person of the Week” has encouraged children to value each other and they think of reasons why a particular classmate is special each week.

Individual Liberty ·         Children are given freedom to choose to go to an after school club.

·         Children are encouraged to make choices and take risks in their learning in a safe and supportive environment.

·         Children are encouraged to take part in the creation of classroom rules and rewards.


Tolerance ·         Rewarding good behaviour and friendship.

·         Responding appropriately to bullying, discrimination, homophobia and racism.

·         Learning about other cultures and beliefs in RE

·         Tackling sensitive issues during PSHE

·         Displaying “Hello” and “Welcome to Rainbows” in a variety of languages outside the Rainbows classroom in order to celebrate other cultures and languages.


Celebrating British Traditions ·         Rainbows hosted events for Pancake Day, Guy Fawkes Day, Bonfire Night, Remembrance Day and St. Georges’ Day. These celebrations have ranged from a bonfire in Forest School, eating particularly foods and dressing up; all have featured discussion and guests related to the event.

·         KS2 research and celebrations relating to special events such as the Queen’s birthday.