British Values

As directed under new Ofsted guidance, September 2014, at Shaftesbury Park Primary School we take opportunities to actively promote British Values, defined by the government as the following:

  • Democracy
  • The rule of law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect
  • Tolerance of those of different faiths and belief

Actively promoting also means challenging pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values. As a UNICEF Rights Respecting School, values of tolerance and respect permeate all areas of school life. Our broad and balanced curriculum teaches elements of democracy, civic responsibility, rules and laws, the monarchy, equality, values and virtues, environmental awareness and understanding of other faiths through the IPC, PSHCE and RE lessons. This creates a climate within which pupils feel safe and secure and facilitates the fulfilment of potential. Pupil voice plays an integral part in driving the school forward and school rules at different levels are seen as the foundation upon which this can be achieved.

The following are a selection of activities and external accreditations that are evidence of our commitment to British values;


  • We have an elected school council who campaign, present speeches and the children vote for their nominated school councillors each year.
  • In Year 6 we focus on the Ancient Greeks and how they introduced ‘Democracy’ to the world and how that impacts on our lives today.
  • Children are given an understanding of freedom of speech for all, including the role the media plays in this. Children’s newspapers are provided for all year groups to facilitate discussion of local and national issues.
  • We celebrate International Day of Democracy where we learn about the democratic process in the UK.

The Rule of Law

  • We have visits from authorities such as the police and road safety to reinforce the importance of Laws.
  • Pupils learn what is right and wrong through class charters, school rules and also through the Behaviour Policy.
  • We teach the importance of e-safety across the school and share resources with parents.

Individual Liberty

  • Our work as a UNICEF Level 2 Rights Respecting School means we identify rights and responsibilities, both personal and collective.
  • We hold anti-bullying week each year and do regular anti-bullying work though PSHCE.
  • At Shaftesbury Park, students are actively encouraged to make independent choices, with the knowledge that they are in a safe, secure and supportive environment.

Mutual Respect

  • The school gives weekly rewards for excellent attitudes towards learning and each other.
  • All staff constantly model mutual respect in their dealings with children and parents/carers
  • We fundraise for charities e.g. Macmillan Cancer Support, Red Nose Day, Children in Need.
  • The school takes part in rights respecting initiatives.
  • In KS1, pupils study significant people in British History and the impact that they have made on life today.
  • As a whole school, we have celebrated the Olympics, with Olympic themed sports days, competitions to design sports kits and opportunities to learn about the history of Olympians in this country.
  • We celebrate International Mother Languages Day where we learn about the diversity of languages spoken at Shaftesbury Park.
  • We have started a bilingual school which fosters respect between children and cultural awareness across the school as a whole.

Tolerance of those of different faiths and belief

  • All incidents of racism and bullying related to protected characteristics (i.e. age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity) are registered and the Local Authority is informed.
  • We celebrate a range of religious festivals and organise visits to places of religious worship. We also have visits from religious leaders.
  • Shaftesbury Park is part of the Global Learning Programme which is recognised by Ofsted for its contribution to students’ SMSC and curriculum knowledge about global issues. Shaftesbury Park has also been accredited with the International Schools Award – Intermediate and works in partnerships with schools overseas to teach students about life in other countries and develop them as global citizens.
  • We celebrate International Day of Tolerance where we learn about the importance of tolerance within the UK and internationally.