British Values

British Values at Shibden Head Primary Academy


British Values

Our aim at Shibden Head Primary Academy is to encourage pupils to develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in Britain. We actively promote the fundamental British Values and this forms part of our wider work in school with children in relation to their Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural education (SMSC).


The British Values, as defined by the government, are:



The Rule of Law

Individual Liberty

Mutual Respect

Tolerance of different Faiths and Beliefs


We teach a broad and balanced curriculum that teaches elements of democracy, rules and laws, the monarchy, equality, values and virtues, environmental awareness and understanding of different faiths. Actively promoting British Values also refers to challenging pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values. At Shibden Head, values of tolerance and respect permeate all areas of school life. These are underpinned by our 3 rules:

  • Be Ready
  • Be Respectful
  • Be Safe

Our aim is to create a climate within which pupils feel safe and secure and therefore allows them to learn and develop. Pupil voice plays an integral part in driving the school forward.


The British Values are promoted throughout the wider curriculum across the whole school. They are also evident in policies, assemblies, Team Time for KS2 and Together Time for KS1, special events and cultural celebrations e.g. OBON day –One Britain One Nation.  We use Picture News in school. Every fortnight there is a new Big Question to be displayed and discussed. This is to encourage children to think about current news stories and to help them talk about ideas and opinions. All these link to one or more of the British Values. This helps children to contextualise these values.


OBON Day 2018                                                   Picture News








The following are a selection of activities that are evidence of our commitment to British Values:

We teach children about Democracy through:

  • Children being involved in democratic processes e.g. voting for pupil councillors i.e. junior leaders, pupil parliament representatives, school/class rewards and incentives
  • School council which is referred to as The Junior Leadership Team (JLT) at Shibden Head
  • An online voting system used by children across school to gather pupil voice on school initiatives/projects- Symphony Questions from Smart School Council

We teach children about Rule of Law through:

  • School behaviour policy
  • Assemblies e.g. celebrating attendance and positive behaviour
  • Displays of school rules
  • Smart Walking
  • Recognition boards, Planet Wow Year R and 1, Well Done Awards, Team Points
  • Home School Agreement
  • Visits from Police and other professionals in ‘Careers Week’ e.g. solicitors








We teach children about Individual Liberty through:

  • Understanding responsibility in school in terms of behaviour and learning attitudes
  • Pupil roles in school – Junior Lunchtime Supervisors, Junior Wardens, class jobs and roles
  • School values
  • Local and national fundraising
  • Community links – residential homes, local food banks
  • Assembly – school council/ people who help us
  • Well-being Wednesdays
  • Restorative conversations
  • Challenging stereotyping and bias
  • Anti-bullying










We teach children about Mutual Respect through:

  • PSHE , assemblies and school rules
  • Positive relationships encouraged and modelled
  • Inclusive ethos
  • Rainbow Day-Educate and Celebrate Silver award
  • Linking Schools Programme –Year 3
  • RE curriculum and displays
  • Regular anti-bullying assemblies
  • Celebrating a range of religious and cultural festivals
  • Grandparents invited to school i.e. Arts Festival
  • Sports Day
  • Sports festivals and tournaments with local schools
  • Trust wide events e.g. Music Festival
  • Trips – wider community
  • Visitors
  • Peer assessment
  • Collaboration with other schools in particular Thornton, Wilsden, Russell Hall, Foxhill

and Beckfoot Allerton

  • Restorative conversations
  • Morning Handshake meet and greet
  • Litter picking in village


Anti-bullying-Odd Socks Day 2019                Rainbow Day 2019