British Values

The document sets out how we, at Willow Tree Primary School, develop and promote British Values throughout our school and within our curriculum.

The Government set out its initial definition of British Values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and supplemented this with additional guidance in November 2014:

Publishing the guidance Lord Nash said:

“We want every school to promote the basic British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance for those of different faiths and beliefs.”

A key part of our plan for education is to ensure children become valuable and fully rounded members of society who treat others with respect and tolerance, regardless of background. This ensures young people understand the importance of respect and leave school fully prepared for life in modern Britain.

British Values:

·      Democracy
·      The Rule of Law
·      Individual Liberty
·      Mutual Respect
·      Tolerance for those of different faiths and beliefs

To do this the children will develop:

·         an understanding of how citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process
·         an understanding that the freedom to hold other faiths and beliefs is protected in law
·         an acceptance that people having different faiths or beliefs to oneself (or having none) should be accepted and tolerated, and should not be the cause of prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour
·         an understanding of the importance of identifying and combating discrimination

The mission statement and aims of the school carefully reflect these values, and the whole school strives to uphold them.

Mission Statement

The broad aims of Willow Tree Community Primary School are:

1. To educate children to be learners for life.

(Including – socially and emotionally, regardless of age, race, gender and ability, fostering independence, self-esteem, confidence and a sound foundation for later life)

2. To enable all children to achieve their potential.

(Including – celebration of success in all areas recognising positive contributions of every sort)

3. To create a safe, secure and happy environment, where children can thrive.

4. To create a place where we all develop respect and responsibility for ourselves and others.

(Including – speaking and acting appropriately at all times, caring for the environment and property).

5. To recognise and value differences within the whole school community.

(Including – children, parents, families, staff, Governors, visitors and anyone associated with our school).

These aims will provide the impetus for all our developments.





·      Mission statement

·      School council minutes

Our active school council is a body of children that have been voted for by their peers to represent the pupil’s views about the school. It comprises of two children from each class, from year 1 up to Year 6. Elections are held each September, and the children hold their post for a year. In their regular meetings they come up with fund raising ideas for both school fund and charities, school improvement plans and other school events. They are also involved in the interview process for school staff recruitment.

Junior Democracy: Each year KS2 children meet on a number of occasions to discuss the way our school works on a day to day basis. This gives children the chance to give their input on matters that directly affect them through discussion with peers and staff.




The Rule of Law

·      Mission statement

·      Behaviour Policy

·      Display of class rules in each room

·      Playground rules (displayed on the walls around each Key Stage playground)


School rules: School has a generic set of rules that each child is expected to follow, based upon aims of our mission statement. In addition each class decides upon its own class rules for the year in September; these rules are displayed in each class.

Individual Liberty

·      Mission statement

·      Behaviour policy

·      P.S.H.E. policy

·      Displays of children’s activities outside each classroom

·      P.S.H.E. scrap books (in each classroom)

PSHE is used to teach Social and Emotional and Behavioural skills throughout the school. Assemblies are used to both explore and support the school’s values by teaching the children how to manage and understand their emotions they will be motivated and equipped to:

·      be effective and successful learners

·      make and sustain friendships

·      deal with and resolve conflict effectively and fairly

·      solve problems with others or by themselves

·      manage strong feelings such as frustration, anger and anxiety

·      be able to promote calm and optimistic states that promote the achievement of goals

·      recover from setbacks and persist in the face of difficulties;

·      work and play co-operatively

·      compete fairly and win and lose with dignity and respect for all competitors

·      recognise and stand up for their rights and the rights of others

·      understand and value the differences and commonalities between people, respecting the right of others to have beliefs and values different to their own

·      To respect and value our world, and the things, both material and alive that exist within it

Mutual Respect

·      Mission statement

·      Behaviour policy

·      P.S.H.E. policy

·      Displays of children’s activities outside each classroom

·      P.S.H.E. scrap books (in each classroom)


We all have high expectations of achievement and behaviour. Children and staff are polite and kind. We believe that everyone has their own special gifts and we are expected to use them.

All members of the school family are equally valued.

Our teachers make lessons enjoyable and interesting and everybody is expected to do their best and respect others.


Tolerance for those of different faiths and beliefs

·      Mission statement

·      P.S.H.E. Policy

·      R.E. policy

·      Christian Distinctiveness policy

·      Worship records

·      Alternative faith work as part of R.E.

Assemblies, PSHE and R.E lessons reflect and teach the children about tolerance for different faiths and beliefs.

Activities within school support both children and adults of different or no faith, the children are taught respect and tolerance of these groups and the opinions and feelings of the groups are taken into account with all activities.

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