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British Values

British Values

British Values, as defined by the government in 2011, are democracythe rule of lawindividual libertymutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.  At Yew Tree Primary School, we believe that promoting these values is of paramount importance and do so daily through every day school life.   


We do this in addition to specific curriculum teaching about British Values through our PSHE curriculum, our Collective Worship organisation and other curriculum links or events, e.g. Diversity Day.




British Value

How We Promote It




  • Our pupil selected School Council teaches about the importance of democracy.
  • Our children have the opportunity to volunteer their time in activities/roles such as Eco-Warriors,  Play Leaders, Peer Mediators and School Ambassadors.
  • We regularly take part in fund raising events for local and national charities.
  • Democracy is also promoted through daily decision making, debating, PSHE lessons and assemblies.
  • Children are taught about the freedom of speech through assemblies (collective worship).

The rule of law



  • Our Behaviour Policy demands high expectations of pupil conduct and this is shared with and agreed by all children. Children are rewarded for exhibiting good and caring behaviour and consistent demonstration of our values is recognised through celebrations such as ‘Star of the Week’ or 'Gold Book' assemblies.
  • Through our PSHE lessons, our children are taught how to earn trust and respect and are supported to develop a strong sense of morality; knowing right from wrong and doing the right thing even when it’s difficult. This is reinforced through our assemblies (collective worship) which includes information from SUMO about E+R=O (events + your response = outcome).
  • We work closely with outside organisations to reinforce pupil understanding of the rule of law. This includes information sessions with DECCA (about drugs) and sessions with PCSOs or PCs from the local police force. 
  • Children are taught about equality and mutual respect for all and this is reinforced through our Behaviour Policy.

Individual liberty


  • Through our school values and PSHE lessons, children are taught about personal responsibility, choices, ambition and aspiration.  They are encouraged to take opportunities to follow their interests in art, sport etc. This is also reinforced through the celebration of outside activities in 'Chance to Shine'.
  • Children are taught how to keep themselves safe, including during online activity.  This is done through Computing lessons, e-safety days, assemblies and outside organisations such as the NSPCC, as well as through the PSHE curriculum.


Mutual respect

  • Our Behaviour Policy demands high expectations of pupil conduct and this is shared with and agreed by all children.
  • Through our school’s values, PSHE and circle time, children are taught to respect each other, to be cooperative and collaborative, be supportive and to look for similarities while being understanding of differences. 
  • Mutual respect is an expectation of all and is promoted through daily life at Yew Tree, PSHE lessons and assemblies.
  • Our environment, including a signing in pledge for visitors celebrates diversity and makes mutual respect for all an expectation.
  • Children learn about a range of faiths and beliefs and how difference enriches life experiences. 

Tolerance of different faiths, beliefs and of those who have no beliefs 

(Respect, tolerance and understanding)




  • Our Behaviour Policy demands high expectations of pupil conduct and this is shared with and agreed by all children.
  • Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs is promoted through the curriculum for Religious Education.  Pupils learn about different religions, their beliefs, places of worship and festivals, and learn about those who have no faith or beliefs.
  • Special assemblies are held celebrating significant religious festivals such as Ramadan and Diwali where guest speakers, staff and pupils are invited to share their beliefs and traditions.
  • Pupils have the opportunity to visit places of worship.


British Values in PSHE (Jigsaw)