British Values at Shotley Community Primary School



Shotley Community Primary School prides itself in preparing children for life in today’s society and modern Britain. We ensure that the fundamental British Values are introduced, discussed and implemented throughout the school. All curriculum areas allow this to happen, particularly in RE and PSHE lessons. The school ensures that children have exposure to a wide experience beyond their local community, where these concepts are shown, for example, through sporting events, a range of visits and use of outdoor education centres. Their understanding of British Values gives them a good foundation for embracing difference.

British Values at Shotley School

At Shotley Community Primary School, we are required to provide for the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our pupils. Part of this means we have to actively promote British Values. They are defined as Democracy, the Rule of Law, Tolerance and Respect and Individual Liberty. We teach these values in the following ways:

The Rule of Law

  • Classroom Rules
  • School Rules
  • Behaviour Policy
  • Bikeability
  • E-Safety days
  • Assemblies on distinguishing from right and wrong.

Tolerance and Respect.

  • High expectation of behaviour and manners.
  • RE curriculum covering a variety of religions.
  • Literacy texts that reflect a variety of countries and cultures.
  • Global Learning opportunities.
  • Celebrating a variety of religious festivals.
  • Learning about French culture during French lessons and Humanities.
  • Fundraising for a range of causes.

Individual Liberty

  • Children choose their own library books.
  • They choose their own extra -curricular activities.
  • In class council children discuss and make their own choices related to school life.
  • They choose their own lunch
  • Encourage a positive sense of themselves through teaching Growth Mindset principles.


  • Children should know that their views count, through partner, group and class discussion.
  • Take part in three school councils: Active, Eco and School.
  • Peer mentors.
  • Class votes on class and whole school motions.
  • House captains who are voted in by the children.