British Values Statement

Promoting Fundamental British Values

In accordance with the Department of Education we aim to actively promote British Values in our 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 British Values are:

Democracy (aim high, believe we can do it)
Rule of law (do the right thing)
Individual liberty (aim high, do the right thing)
Mutual respect (love others)
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs (love others, do the right thing)

How this is done at The Priestley Academy Trust

Actively promoting British values through:
Challenging pupils, staff or parents who express opinions contrary to British Values
Modelling values through what we say and do
Teaching British Values explicitly and implicitly through our curriculum and collective worship

Democracy – what do we do?
Provide pupils with a broad general knowledge of, and promote respect for, public institutions and services.
Teach pupils how they can influence decision-making through the democratic process
Include in the curriculum information on the advantages and disadvantages of democracy and how it works in Britain
Teach pupils the history of democracy
Encourage pupils to become involved in decision-making processes and ensure they are listened to in school, such as through the School Council
Help pupils to express their views
Model how perceived injustice can be peacefully challenged

Rule of Law – what do we do?
Ensure Trust and school values and expectations are clear and fair
Use of praise a reward to promote positive consequences
Encouragement of pupils to take ownership of their own behaviour
Help pupils to distinguish right from wrong
Help pupils to respect the law and the basis on which it is made
Help pupils to understand that living under the rule of law protects individuals
Include visits from the police across the year

Individual liberty – what do we do?
Support pupils to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence
Strong focus on pupils developing own self-discipline by replacing rules with values – supporting children to adopt them independently
Encourage pupils to take responsibility for their behaviour, as well as knowing their rights
Model freedom of speech through pupil participation, while ensuring protection of vulnerable pupils
Challenge stereotypes
Implement a strong anti-bullying culture
e-Safety lessons throughout the schools in the Trust

Respect and tolerance – what do we do?
Promote respect for individual differences
Help pupils to acquire an understanding of, and respect for, their own and other cultures and ways of life
Challenge prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour
Develop links with faith and other communities
Learning to disagree in a respectful way
Develop critical personal thinking skills