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Sneinton St Stephen's CofE Primary School

British Values

Promoting British Values at

Sneinton St Stephen’s C of E Primary School


In 2011, the government defined British Values as democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.  We regularly promote these values through our own school values, curriculum and wide range of enrichment activities. As a World Class School, children are also able to apply their British values when working in partnership with their peers nationally. The children are all familiar with dual coding and hand signals for each of the British values to support them in their understanding and applying them to everyday life and school discussions.


DemocracyHow we promote it:

Each year the children decide upon their class charter and the rights associated with these.  All the children contribute to the drawing up of the charter with mutual respect and high expectations of one another.

Children have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. Leadership for children is an inclusive part of our approach where debate and democracy are featured. In addition to Transform Trust Children’s Parliament, we have a School Council which meets regularly so that pupil voice is heard and children are at the centre of school decision making. Pupils are always part of a recruitment panel when appointing a new staff member or initial teacher trainee.  Council representatives are elected by their class.  Some of these children have visited the Houses of Parliament and the local Council House.

Children are able to take on extra responsibilities such as: Worship leads, Reading Buddies, Wellbeing Buddies, Sports Leaders, Mini police, Equality Allies, Junior Attendance Officers and Eco Council leads. Pupil voice is an integral part of the school’s approach to monitoring impact. 

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UN CRC Article 12:  Children have the right to say what they think should happen, when adults are making decisions that affect them, and to have their opinions taken into account.


We actively promote this value by:

  • Pupil involvement in selection and recruitment of staff
  • World Class Schools debate
  • Transform Trust Children’s Parliament
  • Curriculum theme- Evolving World
  • Curriculum big questions/understanding Christianity
  • School Council
  • Wellbeing Buddies
  • Primary Parliament (Nottm City)
  • House of Parliament visit
  • Local councillor engagement
  • Presentation to governors
  • Collective worship
  • PSHE
  • Eco Council
  • Visits – Council House MP


The Rule of LawHow we promote it:

The importance of Laws, whether they are those that govern the class, the school, or the country, is consistently reinforced throughout regular school days.

Through restorative justice, our positive behaviour policy encourages children to take responsibility for their actions and gives them the opportunity to give something back to the school community.  The school reflects these values through regular collective worship.

Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind the laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken.  The children are given personal responsibility to comprise their own class rules and to govern this through playtime Sports leaders and Wellbeing buddy responsibilities.

Our school values empower the children to not only understand right from wrong but to have the courage to influence their own and their peer’s behaviour. Children are expected to be respectful, safe and ready.

We have regular visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service. This helps reinforce this message. In addition, we have the GREAT Project (Great Relationships are Equality and Trusting) work with the children on understanding how to create healthy relationships.

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Together We Can Achieve


UN CRC Article 19: 

Governments should ensure that children are properly cared for, and protect them from violence, abuse and neglect by their parents, or anyone else who looks after them.


We actively promote this value by:

  • Mini police- community action
  • The Great Project (healthy relationships)
  • Junior Attendance Officers
  • Sport for good transition project
  • Relationship with PCSOs
  • Living our school values award
  • Collective worship
  • Restorative Justice
  • School Rules
  • Equality Allies
  • Application of the Learning Loop
  • Road Safety 
  • Parent Charter
  • Class charter
  • The GREAT Project
  • Children’s Parliament
  • Bike ability


Individual LibertyHow we promote it:

Children have the opportunity to develop their own sense of identity through the whole school values, making choices in their curriculum learning and restorative justice.  Children are activity encouraged to show their own views and respect those of others.

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UN CRC Article 31: 

All children have a right to relax and play, and to join in a wide range of activities.


UN CRC Article 15: 

Children have the right to meet together and to join groups and organisations, as long as this does not stop other people from enjoying their rights.

We actively promote this value by:

  • Curriculum theme- My Community and me, Journeys
  • Reflection time – share views / share feelings
  • Reading for pleasure- choice of texts available
  • Merit Assembly- celebrating identity and difference
  • World Class Schools partnership- global awareness
  • Pupil voice – school council
  • Relationship education
  • Freedom of choice – role play
  • Curriculum resources reflect diversity of the school community
  • Equality Allies- Challenging stereotypes
  • Big question in  R.E.
  • Diversity of staff, children and community
  • Collective worship speakers from different faiths
  • Children feel safe and can take risks
  • Philosophical questions


Mutual RespectHow we promote it:


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UN CRC Article 2: 

The Convention applies to everyone whatever their race, religion, abilities, whatever they think or say and whatever type of family they come from.


UN CRC Article 30:  

Children have a right to learn and use the language and customs of their families, whether these are shared by the majority of people in the country or not.

We actively promote this value by:

  • Curriculum themes: My community and me, Journeys, Evolving World
  • Mental Health awareness
  • Wellbeing Buddies
  • Philosophical debate – Big questions
  • GREAT project
  • School Values
  • Pilgrimage days
  • Taking risks (performance)
  •  positive role models
  • Reading- choice of texts
  • Pupils leading worship
  • Celebrating cultural diversity of the school community
  • Faith partnership- joint worship and pilgrimage (Zaytouna Primary, South Wilford)
  • Relationships and Health Education
  • Community Action Days
  • PSHE – Learning Mentor Provision
  • Anti-bullying Policy
  • Visitors representing other faiths and relationships
  • Single Equality reporting
  • Vocabulary development


Tolerance of Different Faiths and BeliefsHow we promote it:

Sneinton serves a diverse and culturally rich community therefore we believe we are microcosm of British Society. As a Church of England School, we want to promote clear Christian Values and introduce faith understanding amongst our children and community. We explore other faiths and links with our Christian values.

The school is underpinned by Christian values that lie at the heart of the school. We provide daily periods of reflection and worship to enable pupils to consider the values in other world faiths

Faith leaders and community members from the diverse community regularly lead our collective worship. Alongside Christian celebration and stories, we share stories including Diwali, Eid and Chinese New Year. Children visit places of worship that are important to others. At Sneinton we will actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to Fundamental British Values including ‘extremist’ views.

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UN CRC Article 14: 

Children have the right to think and believe what they want, and to practise their religion, as long as they are not stopping other people from enjoying their rights. Parents should guide their children on these matters.


We actively promote this value by:

  • School motto ‘Together We Can Achieve’
  • Pilgrimage days celebrated across the community
  • Promote tolerance through school values
  • Curriculum themes:My community and me, Journeys, Environment
  • Celebrate different festivals
  • International partnerships- Bright Talk project
  • Prayer space
  • Teaching staff of different faith and lead worship for all- sharing stories
  • Celebration of diverse community
  • Equality INSET and staff training
  • Music from around the world embraced
  • Leaders of faiths visiting school
  •  visits different places of worship
  • Children show mutual respect
  • Around the world food at summer fairs
  • Parents involvement
  • Philosophy + debate
  • Atmosphere – children confident to express faith


Curriculum Themes:

My Community and Me


Evolving World




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