British Values

At Federation of Barnehurst Schools we uphold and teach pupils about British Values which are defined as:

  • democracy
  • rule of law
  • individual liberty
  • mutual respect
  • tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

Mutual Respect and Tolerance of Those of Different Faiths and Beliefs

At Federation of Barnehurst Schools we promote values through our four school values.  These are equality, kindness, courage and resilience. We value the backgrounds of all our pupils and families and we undertake a variety of events and lessons to celebrate these including collective acts of worship.  We have found this approach to be enriching for everyone as it teaches tolerance and respect for the differences in our community and the wider world. Underpinning all this, are a range of curriculum topics which have strong links to the school values. In following the RE curriculum, all pupils will learn in detail about key faiths and through this learning they will be taught to show respect for those faiths. Through History pupils are taught about significant periods in British History as well as History beyond Britain.

We learn about and celebrate significant events happening in modern day Britain such as the royal weddings or General elections.


The Federation of Barnehurst Schools has a body of Pupil Governors and other pupil voice groups. The children who occupy the roles are democratically elected by their peers. The roles and responsibilities are shared with all children. Pupil Governors are elected from each year group.

Election to become a Pupil Governor is through written manifesto and democratic election by all pupils throughout the school. 

Pupil voice groups and Pupil Governors meet regularly, following an agenda and taking minutes. Actions taken by the Pupil Governors are carried out in a democratic manner.

Additionally, as part of the PSHE curriculum, students look at how to promote co-operation and tolerance through a variety of activities and discussions.

The Rule of Law:

The importance of laws and rules, whether they are those that govern the class, the school or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days. Pupils are also taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. They are encouraged to reflect on the choices they made when they are involved in an incident and think about the impact their behaviour has had on others.  Visits from authorities such as the police and fire service help to reinforce this message.

To encourage and promote good behaviour, attitude and work, we have devised a reward system which is consistently followed throughout the school.

We are committed to praising children’s efforts.  We endeavour to praise the children informally, individually, during group work, in front of the whole class and the whole school.  Children are rewarded not only for achievement in curriculum areas, but for learning behaviour and following the School Values.

Individual Liberty

Pupils are actively encouraged to make choices at our school, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we provide boundaries for our children to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and planned curriculum. 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 teaching. Pupils are given the freedom to make choices, e.g. signing up for extra-curricular clubs.  They are also encouraged to play an active role in the running of the school and hold many responsibilities such as running the assemblies.