British Values at Leominster Primary School

In 2011 the Government set out its British Values’ for life in modern Britain.

At our school we uphold and teach pupils about British values which are defined as:

  • Democracy
  • Rule of Law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual Respect
  • Tolerance of those of different beliefs and faiths

These values are taught explicitly through Personal, Social, Health and Emotional Education (PSHE) and Religious Education (RE). We also teach British Values through our planned broad and balanced curriculum.

The school takes opportunities to actively promote British Values through daily Collective Worship and whole school systems and structures such as electing and running a School Council and plans to have an Eco Action Team. We also actively promote British Values through ensuring our curriculum planning and delivery includes real opportunities for exploring these values.

At Leominster Primary School, these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:



This is an important value at our school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council and Class Council meetings. School Council members are voted onto the committee by class members.

Our new school behaviour policy involves rewards which the children have discussed.

At Leominster Primary School, pupils have had active involvement in the selection processes of new staff.


The Rule of Law

The importance of laws and rules, whether they are those that govern the class, the school or the country are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days. We have ‘Our Golden Rules’ which are displayed in every classroom. Our system for behaviour is aligned to an agreed set of sanctions and rewards. It is always made clear which part of ‘Our Golden Rules’ they have broken to ensure they make the connection and understand it. Pupils are taught the values and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken.

We have had visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service to help reinforce this message.

To encourage good behaviour, attitude and work, we have devised a reward system which is consistently followed throughout the school. We are committed to praising children’s efforts. This is done informally, individually, during group work, in front of the class or in front of the whole school. Children are rewarded not only for achievement in curriculum areas, but for positive behaviour and good attitude to learning. Rewards are given in the form of stickers, house points and certificates.


Individual Liberty

Pupils are encouraged to make choices at our school, knowing they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we make boundaries for our children to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and planned curriculum. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their personal rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our e Safety teaching. Pupils are given the freedom to make choices eg signing up for after school clubs.

Pupils are encouraged to take responsibility for their behaviour and our Learning Mentors support reinforcing the importance of making the right choices.

Vulnerable pupils are protected and stereotypes challenged. A strong anti-bullying culture is embedded in the school and any form of bullying is challenged and addressed. The school operates a robust system of logging incidents.


Mutual Respect

Our School Ethos is based around values such as ‘respect’, ‘friendship’ and ‘Honesty’ and these values determine how we treat each other. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others.


Tolerance of those different faiths and beliefs

This is achieved through enhancing pupils’ understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity in our local community. Visiting professionals such as Chinese New Year Lion Dancers, African drummers, RE days where visitors from different faiths around the world came to speak to the pupils. Assemblies by classes show parents and pupils different festivals around the world. Incorporating stories from different faith communities to help children understand about the wider world and enhance our RE and PSHE curriculum. Through the PSHE and RE curriculums pupils are encouraged to discuss and respect differences between people, such as differences of faith, ethnicity, disability, gender or sexuality and differences of family situations.


What is not acceptable at Leominster Primary School is:

  • actively promoting intolerance of other faiths, cultures and races
  • failure to challenge gender stereotypes and routinely segregate girls and boys
  • isolating children from their wider community
  • failure to challenge behaviours (whether of staff, children or parents) that are not in line with the fundamental British Values of democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance for those with different faiths and beliefs.