At The Rackham, we take responsibility to nurture and develop the fundamental British values to enable progression towards being the best we can possibly be .

British values and SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural education) are intertwined with our school vision and values.

The DfE have recently reinforced the need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”

British values Assembly

We promote and reinforce these values regularly in the following ways:


Democracy is embedded at the school. Pupils are always listened to by adults and are taught to listen carefully and respect the right of every individual to have their opinions and voices heard. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council. Children put themselves forward through a short presentation and the election of the School Council members is based on pupil votes, thereby demonstrating democracy in action. They also have a chance to explore other leadership roles and take responsibility for change these are: Collective Worship Leaders; School Council Reps.

Rule of Law

The importance of laws whether they are those that govern the class, the school or the country, are consistently reinforced. Each class discusses and sets its own rules that are clearly understood by all and seen to be necessary to ensure that every class member is able to learn in a safe and ordered environment. Our Christian values enable children to find examples of why we follow a code of conduct and to recognise and appreciate when others demonstrate positive behaviour, this is particularly evident when we focus on justice as a core value. We teach the value and reason behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service help reinforce this message.

Individual Liberty

Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety, PSHE and philosophy lessons. Whether it be through choice of challenge, of how they record, of participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.

Mutual Respect

Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy are based around our Core Christian Vision, 'Working together to be the best we can possibly be' which provides a measure and guidance on how we live as a school community. Worship is based on our Christian values, Faith, Hope and Love, which are central to how we expect everyone to go about their life at our school. Values are highly visible around the school and can be seen in every class. Our pupils live by the values and are keen to identify them in one another. They understand what they mean and can demonstrate these fully. The pupils know and understand what is expected and that it is imperative that respect is shown to everyone, whatever differences we may have and to everything, however big or small. 

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs

This is achieved through enhancing pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity.  As we are not a culturally diverse school, we work hard to ensure our children have the opportunities to study other cultures and meet people of other faiths through our broad and balanced curriculum. Our Worship helps all pupils to find out about themselves and others linking their lives to the communities in which they belong.

British values and the Religious Education Curriculum

Our Religious Education curriculum gives our children the opportunity to learn about and learn from religion and belief around the world, including all the major world religions. As a Church of England school, our RE syllabus is weighted towards Christianity, but includes comparisons across religions in each unit of enquiry. We also teach Christianity within a global context. 

British values at The Rackham Primary School

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