British Values

Preparing Children for Life in Modern Britain

At St. Hugh’s Catholic Primary School, we take our responsibility to prepare children for life in modern Britain very seriously. We ensure that the fundamental British Values are introduced, discussed and lived out through the ethos and work of our school. Our Catholic ethos and all of our curriculum areas provide a platform for developing these concepts. Children embrace them with enthusiasm and demonstrate a good understanding of their application to their own lives.

We make considerable efforts to ensure children have exposure to a wide experience beyond their local community during which these concepts are shown. The children’s strong values-based understanding gives them an excellent platform for embracing difference.

The four fundamental British Values are:

  –  Democracy

  –  Rule of Law

  –  Individual Liberty

  –  Respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs.

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Examples of how British Values are taught through curriculum subjects at our school

The children also learn about the British Values through our wider curriculum, our extra-curricular activities and our expectations about behaviour.

The dinner hall, for example, provides opportunities for promoting all four British Values:

Democracy   –  Take turns; stand in a queue; rotation of classes

Rule of Law   –  Follow dinner hall rules; consequences of unacceptable behaviour

Individual Liberty   –  Choices about the selection of food

Respect and Tolerance of those with Different Faiths and Beliefs   –  Treat everyone respectfully; choose correct plate

It is possible to embed British Values in all aspects of school life and this is what we aim to do at St. Hugh’s.