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British and Core Values

At Preston Candover CE Primary School, we believe that our core Christian values of Love, Hope and Justice are also British values. Our caring ethos actively promotes these values and they are demonstrated in our behaviours and actions. We aim to nurture our children so they thrive and become confident, caring individuals who have an intrinsic drive to make a positive contribution to our community and the world. The vision and values of the school are based on the belief that all children can succeed and it is our duty to inspire learning for life.

The teaching of our values is integrated through the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) learning that takes place across all curriculum areas and through collective worship.

We also promote British values in the following ways: (This list is not exhaustive).


• Our School Council promotes the democratic process - pupils nominate and vote for their representatives within the School Council

• Our marking policy encourages feedback enabling pupils to respond to and influence the learning process

• Children create and adhere to class codes of conduct and rules

• Pupils and parents are surveyed regularly and the results of those surveys inform aspects of school improvement

• Children are encouraged to voice their opinions in formal and informal ways (class discussions, suggestion boxes, questionnaires, surveys)

• Year 5 visit The Houses of Parliament for a workshop and tour to experience first-hand an institution at the heart of the democratic process

Individual Liberty

• Children are provided with boundaries which encourage them to make choices safely

• Pupils are encouraged to respectfully express their views and beliefs and respect the views and beliefs of others

• Pupils have key roles and responsibilities within school, such as, School Council, Fair trade reps, Peer Mentors, Play leaders, Librarians, Sports leaders

• Pupils have the opportunity and are encouraged to take part in a broad range of extra-curricular activities and many of these are free

• Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example, through our PSHE and E-Safety lessons

• Pupils know who to speak to if they are worried or concerned about themselves or others, e.g. headteacher, Inclusion leader, teachers, LSAs, peer mentors


Respect for those of different faiths and beliefs

• We study major world religion festivals throughout the year in RE lessons

• Our RE and PSHE curriculum provides children with a broad and balanced understanding of world religions and promotes respect for the beliefs of others

•A culturally rich, global and broad curriculum enables our children to understand different perspectives

Mutual respect and care for others

• Pupils work in teams, share ideas in public and show mutual respect for other pupils’ opinions and efforts during class discussions, assemblies and concerts

• School rules reinforce mutual respect

• All members of the school community treat each other with respect and model this in behaviour with colleagues and pupils

 • Pupils work together in different groupings and situations in different lessons and subjects

 • All pupils participate in live productions, assemblies and church services throughout the school year

• Pupils regularly initiate and organise fund raising for charitable causes such as the Maforga orphanage

• Visits from charities e.g. NSPCC encourage respect and care for others

The Rule of Law

• We have clear rules and expectations of behaviour and a Whistle Blowing policy which is adhered to by all staff and other stakeholders

• Each class has a class code of conduct created by the pupils at the start of each academic year

• School assemblies and the curriculum follow regular themes and include e-safety, road safety, stranger danger and caring for the environment

• Attendance and punctuality is good and all stakeholders are aware of the importance of being at school

 • Pupils follow, respect and understand the need for different rules in different situations, i.e. PE lessons, school visits, classrooms and the playground

• Pupils are awarded certificates in recognition of their learning behaviours:  resilience, reflectiveness, resourcefulness and teamwork

• Visits from services e.g. Fire, Police reinforce the rule of law and the reasoning/purpose behind them

• The school supports pupils in regulating their own behaviour to make choices for the well-being of themselves and others