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Shibden Head Primary Academy

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, 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.


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, 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
  • Pupil questionnaires throughout the year to hear their voice e.g. for extra curricular offer
  • Pupil parliament within our Focus Trust - meeting with other pupil parliamentarians from our other academies
  • Year 6 Pupil Passports for Success

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 PCSO to inform about relevant issues e.g. social media, online bullying
  • Visits from professionals in ‘Careers Week’ e.g. solicitors, dentists
  • Bikeability - children learn about the rules of the road
  • Work towards implementation of equity and diversity provision as part of the Equality Act, recognising the protected characteristics

We teach children about Individual Liberty through:

  • Understanding responsibility in school in terms of behaviour and learning attitudes
  • Through recognising each person's uniqueness and valuing individuality
  • Educate and Celebrate Gold Award
  • 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
  • PSHCE lessons
  • Metacognition lessons 

We teach children about Mutual Respect and Tolerance through:

  • PSHCE, 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
  • Recognition of religious celebrations of different faith groups
  • 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
  • Shibden Head's concepts 
  • Celebration assemblies