British Values - Parent and Carer guide

Why British Values?

As part of the spiritual, moral,social and cultural (SMSC) development of pupils. Part of this requirement is that schools must promote fundamental British Values. The fundamental British Values are defined as:

  • Democracy
  • The Rule of Law
  • Individual Liberty
  • Mutual Respect and Tolerance of different Faiths and Beliefs

Promoting these British Values is now a central part of teaching and learning. By doing this, schools aim to help children become well rounded members of society. These British Values are promoted throughout the curriculum, across the whole school. They are also seen in the school ethos and policies, assemblies, special events and cultural celebrations.

Outlined below are examples of how each of the British Values may be promoted across schools:


Schools aim to promote this British Value by demonstrating how democracy works by discussion, decision making and voting. For example:

  • Encouraging children to know that their views count and opinions are important- for example, following the children's interests for topics and activities.
  • Encouraging the children to make decisions together
  • Encouraging children to see their role in the bigger picture as part of a family, class, group, school, community etc.
  • Providing opportunities for the children to vote between choices of activity, for example, by choosing a theme for their role play area, choosing a book for story time by a show of hands.
  • Children may have the opportunity to vote for members of a school council.

The Rule of Law

Schools aim to promote this Britsh Value by demonstrating a need for rules and laws help to keep us safe and happy. For example:

  • Encouraging adults and children to work together to create group rules. Discussing the need for rules and how they should be administered fairly. eg the need for rules to keep everyone safe and happy.
  • Teaching children to understand their own and others' behaviour and feelings, and the consequences.
  • Working together to create an environment where actions are consistently followed through. Eg adherence to class rules, follow ups on discussions and other choices explored after taking a group vote.
  • Encouraging and supporting children to learn how to distinguish right from wrong.

Individual Liberty

Schools aim to promote this British Value by individaul freedoms to choose faith, beliefs and likes/dislikes. For example:

  • Providing opportunities for children to develop their self esteem and confidence in their own abilities eg. by sharing achievements and successes and promoting indepnedence.
  • Encouraging children to try a range of different activities and opportunities and to discuss and select their own preferences.
  • Providing activities for all children to enagage in and actively challenge gender-specific taks and activities.
  • Encouraging children to develop a positive sense of themselves.

Mutual Respect and Tolerance of Different Faiths and Beliefs

Schools aim to promote this British Value by demonstrating respect and tolerance towards other beliefs and faiths. for example:

  • Working as a group to create an environment that includes different faiths, cultures, views and races.
  • Providing opportunities for the children to make links with the wider community, for example outings to local places, inviting family members or speakers to visit the setting or making links with a local charity.
  • Encouraging children to learn about other faiths, cultures, traditions, families, communities and ways of life. Schools might encourage the children to share their experiences with a group and others. For example, learning about festivals and special days, different types of family units, different occupations and places around the world.
  • Encouraging children to learn about the world around them- both locally and further afield. For example, local trips, using books, stories, posters and videos etc to learn about places far away, cultural days, local events and activities and national celebrations.

Thanks to Twinkl Resources for the information outlined above

Contact the school

Call and speak to either

Mrs Joyce Jones

on 0151 477 8270

Whiston Willis Community

Primary School, Milton Avenue

Prescot, L35 2XY

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