Promoting British Values

At Holmes Chapel Primary School we believe in teaching our learners about the fundamental British Values of:

  • Democracy

  • Rule of Law

  • Individual Liberty

  • Mutual Respect

  • Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

These values are actively promoted through collective worship, our school golden rules, electing and running our school council. They are taught explicitly through Personal, Social, Health Education (PSHE), Citizenship and Religious Education (RE). We also teach British Values through planning and delivering our broad and balanced curriculum which includes real opportunities for exploring the values.

British values are reinforced regularly in the following ways:


  • Democracy is richly embedded within our school. All children in our school have a voice through the School Council and pupil interviews .The election of School Council Representatives for each class (Years 2-6) are based on pupil votes.

  • Our school behaviour policy which involves rewards and sanctions runs through all aspects of school life and is shared with parents and carers.

The Rule of Law

  • The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, school, or the country are constantly reinforced.

  • All children follow the school Golden Rules, these are reinforced regularly throughout the day. Children are taught the value and reasons behind rules and laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken.Visits from authority, e.g. PCSO and fire service help reinforce this message.

  • To encourage and promote good behaviour, attitude and work we have a whole school house point reward system. Children are awarded house points for following any of the school golden rules at any point during the school day. We are also committed to praising children’s efforts (behaviour, achievement and general) through verbal praise and head teacher award certificates awarded every fortnight during our celebration assembly.

Individual Liberty

  • Children are actively encouraged to make choices at our school, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment.

  • Children are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our e-safety and PSHE lessons.

  • Children are given the freedom to make choices, e.g. signing up for extra-curricular clubs

Mutual Respect

  • Mutual respect is at the heart of our values.Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others.

  • All members of our school community treat each other with respect.

  • Respect is a theme running through all of our golden rules.

Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

  • Holmes Chapel is situated in an area which is not culturally diverse, therefore we place a great emphasis on promoting diversity with the children.

  • Assemblies are planned to promote cultural diversity either directly or through the inclusion of stories and celebrations from a variety of faiths and cultures.

  • RE and PSHE teaching reinforces tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.

  • Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school

  • Please find below some helpful information that may help you when talking to your child about Black Lives Matter.

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