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British Values

Our vision and values


Our vision and values are at the core of everything we do. They underpin our teaching and learning, and provide an environment which prepares our pupils as confident, happy citizens.


Promoting Fundamental British Values


In accordance with The Department for Education we aim to actively promote British values in schools to ensure young people leave school prepared for life in modern Britain. Pupils are encouraged to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance and understand that while different people may hold different views about what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, all people living in England are subject to its law.


The Key Values are:


  • democracy
  • rule of law
  • individual liberty
  • mutual respect
  • tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

British Values


At Hogarth respect is one the the values that drives our ethos.


At Hogarth we are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expect all staff, governors and volunteers to share this commitment. All appointments are subject to safer recruitment procedures including satisfactory references, medical and enhanced DBS clearance and previous employment verification.

Full British Values at Hogarth Primary School.


All schools are required to provide for the spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development of their pupils. Part of this requirement means that they actively promote the fundamental British Values. These are defined as:

Promoting these British Values is now a central part of our teaching and learning at Hogarth. By doing this, we aim to help the children become well – rounded members of society. These British Values are promoted throughout the curriculum and across the whole school. They are also seen in school ethos and policies, assemblies, special events and cultural celebrations. Below we have put together some examples of how each of the British Values are promoted at Hogarth.


We aim to promote this British Value by demonstrating how democracy works by discussion, decision – making and voting. For example:

  • Encouraging children to know their views count and their opinions are important – for example, following the children’s interests for topics and activities.

  • Encouraging children to make decisions together e.g. when sharing a group toy, like a large train set.  Encouraging children to see their role in the ‘bigger picture,’ e.g. linking to part of a family, class, group, school, community etc.

  • Providing opportunities for the children to vote between choices of activity, for example – choosing a theme in the role play area, choosing a book for story time by a show of hands.

  • Each child will also have the opportunity to vote for members of the school council.


The Rule of Law

At Hogarth we aim to promote this British Value by demonstrating a need for rules and laws to help keep us safe and happy. For example:

  • Encouraging adults and children to work together to create group rules. Discussing the need for rules and how they should be administered fairly, e.g. the need for rules to keep everyone safe and happy.

  • Teaching children to understand their own and others’ behaviour and feelings and the consequences.  Working together to create an environment where actions are consistently followed through, e.g. adherence to school rules through the use of the traffic light system, follow – up discussions and other choices explored after taking a group vote.

  • Encouraging and supporting children to learn how to distinguish right from wrong.


Mutual Respect and Tolerance of Different Cultures and Religions

  • We aim to promote this British Value by demonstrating respect and tolerance towards other beliefs and faiths. For example:

  • Working as a group to create an environment that includes values and promotes different faiths, cultures and views.

  • Providing opportunities for the children to make links with the wider community, for example, outings to local places, inviting family members or speakers to visit the setting or making links with a local charity.

  • Encouraging children to learn about other faiths, cultures and traditions, families, communities and ways of life. We encourage the children to share their experiences with the class and allow the children to recognise similarities and differences between themselves and others. For example, learning about festivals and special days, different types of family units, different occupations and places around the world.

  • Encouraging children to learn about the world around them – both locally and globally.

Individual Liberty

We aim to promote this British Value by teaching about individual freedoms to choose faiths, beliefs and likes and dislikes. For example:

  • Providing opportunities for children to develop their self-esteem and confidence in their own abilities, e.g. by sharing achievements and success and promoting independence.

  • Encouraging children to try a range of different activities and opportunities and to discuss and select their own preferences.

  • Providing activities for all children to engage in and actively challenge gender – specific tasks and activities.

  • Encouraging children to develop a positive sense of themselves.