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British Values at Ringsfield Primary School

In line with the Department for Education's five part definition, we promote the following British Values at our school;

        Democracy            The Rule of Law           Indiviual Liberty           Mutual Respect          Tolerance of Those with Different Faiths and Beliefs

The children and staff will encounter these principles throughout everyday school life. These values are explicitly taught through spiritual, moral, social and cultural but also in a range of other ways including weekly assemblies, Re lessons and PSHE sessions. British Values are also interwoven into our skills based curriculum so the children have meaniful contexts to explore the values.

We believe that the active promotion of British Values will enable the children to develop a real sense of community and begin to develop their understanding of their roles and responsibilities within it.

The children are given opportunities to apply their understanding of British Values through whole school approaches such as the school council and the ethos commity.

Whole School Assemblies

The children attend an assembly once a week led by the British Values leader. These assemblies focus on the importance of British Values within our school setting and the wider community. The children are exposed to lots of current events to give them meaningful contexts to discuss and then offer their ideas and opinions.

Examples of this include;


The Australian Forest Fires

The British Flooding

As well as discussing these events as a whole school they also have the opportunity to record their thoughts to share with the whole school community. Example of these are added to the British Values display.


This display shows how we embed the British Values in our school and on this particular week how we feel about what is happening in the wider community. The question was;

How important is it for us to know the weather forecast?

Some of the responses included;

This value represents individual liberty and focused on the importance of listening to advice and warnings to keep us safe.

Other Assemblies

Other focus assemblies in the week include a forum and sharing assembly. 

Forum assemblies allow for lots of ideas and opinions regarding school life. Focuses have been 'how to make playtimes better, E-Safety discussions and how to raise money for charities such as Children in Need'. There is a real focus on democracy and all of the other values are very much present. 

Sharing assemblies are a celebration of the children's positive attitudes towards their learning and the wonderful work they produce. Mutual respects is a key focus in these assemblies but again all of them apply.


We have many commities within our school community which promotes democracy and all of the school community plays are part in;

            Ethos Commitee                     Eco Commitee                      Digital Leaders                   Junior Road Safety ‚Äč                Sports Commitee

Cultural Diversity

We have also had a focus in school about the importance of respecting others and understanding that everyone is different as individuals. Having a strong self-identity is encouraged and showing tolerance of others is vital.

We have used different books to support the children to develop their understanding of this.

Black History Month

We have been learning about people who have made positive contributions to the world. As a school we have taken the time to do research into the backgrounds or find out more about black people who have made a difference to the UK.

We decided to find out about the important people Mary Seacole, Rosa Parks and Mo Farah.


Mary Seacole
Rosa Parks
Mo Farah

The children took part in dicussions about the contributions these people have made and how they have helped shape and influence society. We thought about how we can see the British Values in each of their achievements.


Children who helped change the World

We have spent time thinking about very special children who have made or are making contributions to the world and who have changed the lives of many people. 

We focused on Louis Braille, Malala Yousafzai and Greta Thunberg.

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We thought about the personal traits needed to achieve their goals and whether society responds to the views and passions of children in the same way they do adults. 

These 3 special individuals led us to have purposeful discussions about our British Values. 

Different Families, Same Love

We have focused on and been discussing the meaning of love and how it does not all look the same. The children offered some thoughtful responses and demonstrated how the British Values  support their understanding.

We read some books together to support our discussions.

all kinds of families
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Mental Health

We have spent time exploring mental health and how we must consider it as just as important as our physical health. 

The focus was understanding the difference between small feelings and big feelings and how they are managed through talk and listening. We also thought about how we are all individuals and that we respond to things differently.

'Talking Mental Health animation and teacher toolkit' supported our learning.

This was a valuable focus for the whole school community considering the experiences we have all had during the Covid pandemic and the upcoming school transitions. We were really proud of all of the thoughtful discussions between the children and adults.

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