Promoting Fundamental British Values at South Petherton Junior School

In accordance with The Department for Education, we aim to actively promote British values in our school to ensure young people leave school prepared for life in modern Britain. Pupils are encouraged to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance and understand that while different people may hold different views about what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, all people living in England are subject to its law.

We value and celebrate being part of Britain; in general terms, we celebrate traditions and customs within the course of a school year eg. Harvest Festival, Remembrance and Christingle in the Autumn term / we celebrate Easter and participate in Country Dancing in the Spring term. We also have specific curriculum focus to look at significant British figures eg. each class focuses on a British Hero within their History work, significant British artists within Art work and significant British Scientists within Science work.

The Key British Values are:

  • democracy
  • rule of law
  • individual liberty
  • mutual respect
  • tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

How this is done at South Petherton Junior School:

We develop and promote British Values throughout our school and within our curriculum; values our firmly embedded within our PSHE programme (Jigsaw) and cross-curricular links are made throughout our subject units of work eg. Year 5 focus on Democracy within their History work on the Ancient Greeks. Key school procedures are also linked to show the values ‘in practice’ throughout school life eg. voting for School Council representatives / respecting school rules / Bikeability training to respect rules of the road (Nb: please see further examples stated in our ‘British Values at SPJS’ document within the Parent Resources tab).

We also help children remember the British Values through each class taking responsibility for a value:

Democracy – Year 5

Rule of law – Year 4 (King-Smith)

Individual liberty – Year 6

Mutual respect – Year 3

Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs – Year 4 (Fine)

Classes discuss their value and present findings to the school in an Assembly; work is then added to our whole school display within the Hall. We are currently creating a class book to hold examples of work throughout the year and this will be displayed within the Gallery for all children to enjoy.