Sparkenhoe School Primary School

British Values at Sparkenhoe.

The DfE have reinforced the need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.” The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values were reiterated in 2014. At Sparkenhoe these values are reinforced regularly and we ensure they are addressed with teaching and learning opportunities.


Each year the children decide upon their class rules and the rights associated with these, with all the children contributing. Children have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. We have a very effective and proactive school council which meets regularly to discuss issues raised in class council meetings. The council has its own budget and is able to genuinely effect change within the school. The council members for each year group are voted in by their class. Children have an annual questionnaire with which they are able to put forward their views about the school. Classroom’s have a worry box, where children can express their views and concerns which are addressed by staff. When there are local, national and international elections or votes of significance, the children are made aware of the main manifestos. We have our own elections where children vote following canvassing by pupils or staff candidates. For example, mock elections have been held for the EU referendum, the general election and the US presidential election.

The Rule of Law.

The importance of laws, whether they are those that govern the class, the school, or the country, is a concept that is regularly discussed in all classes as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service help reinforce this message.

Individual Liberty.

Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make these choices safely, through provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and SMSC lessons. Whether it be through choice of learning challenge, of how they record, of participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.

Mutual Respect.

As a school mutual respect is at the heart of everything we do. Children learn that their behaviour has an effect on others. With a multitude of different faiths, cultural and ethnic backgrounds, the emphasis on mutual respect pervades all our activities. All members of the school community treat each other with respect.

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs.

At Sparkenhoe, we place a great emphasis on promoting diversity. Assemblies are regularly planned that celebrate the diversity of our community and we regularly include stories and celebrations from a variety of faiths and cultures. Our SMSC teaching reinforces this with celebration days, follow up work from assemblies and units of work that teach the children about other countries, cultures and religions. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. Children visit many places of worship that are important to different faiths. At Sparkenhoe we actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views.

The Bigger Picture

The Bigger Picture is an addition to our Connected Curriculum, to encourage the values and understanding needed to play a positive role in British and global society. With every topic taught there is a question to promote discussion with the class. The purpose is to bring in other elements to the classroom that widen the children’s understanding of the world in which they live in. 

Click the link below to see the themes and questions that link to our topics.

The Bigger Picture.pdf


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