British Values

At The Federation of Barnehurst Schools we are fortunate that our pupils, their families, our staff and wider community represent a growing diverse range of home backgrounds. As a school that serves a richly diverse community, we take our responsibility topromote community cohesion, generate a respect for difference and individual rights seriously.

The Department for Education states that there is a 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”.

Our school reflects British values in all that we do. We nurture our children, in their journey through life so they grow in to caring, responsible and tolerant adults who make a positive difference to British society and to the wider world. We encourage them to be creative, unique, open-minded and independent individuals, respectful of themselves and others in our school, our local community and beyond.

Our challenging curriculum encourages pupils to reflect upon their role as "emerging citizens".

The Prevent strategy defines fundamental British values as:


▪The rule of law

▪Individual liberty

▪Mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs

At The Federation of Barnehurst Schools, we actively promote British values in the following ways:


The principle of democracy is explored in History, Global Citizenship and Religious Studies as well as in RSHE and assemblies. Children regularly get opportunities to express their views in school through Pupil Voice interviews and questionnaires. At Barnehurst we have a number of pupil representative groups working alongside leaders across the school in moving our community and practice forward. These groups include a variety of pupil curriculum leaders, well-being leaders and health and fitness leaders. Through our assemblies, children learn about the importance of democracy and the impact it has on the world. Children learn about numerous United Nations reflection days including: -International day of Democracy-International day of Peace-Anit-Slavery Day -Universal Children’s Day-Human Rights Day

The Rule Of Law

The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour, through school assemblies and our curriculum driver of Global Citizenship. Children are taught the values and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken.

We have a strong vision for School built upon our core values of:





Each of these values permeate our curriculum and underpin every interaction we have with the wider school community.

Children are taught from an early age the behavioural expectations at Barnehurst. We consistently promote these across our classrooms and playgrounds. Children are taught the value and reasons behind rules and laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves, and the consequences when laws are broken. Through our whole school restorative approach, we enable children to develop the language and strategies to solve conflict and to right wrongs. Through our Global Citizenship links to Peace, Justice and Strong institutions, children have further opportunities to consolidate their understanding with visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service help to reinforce this message.

Individual Liberty

Within Barnehurst, children are actively encouraged to make independent choices knowing that they are in a safe, secure and supportive environment. Children are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms. Through RSHE, Computing and our assemblies, children learn how to exercise some of these rights safely. Children are taught to express themselves respectfully through reflections and debates. We celebrate children’s individual opinions and provide opportunities for respectful sharing of these throughout our lessons. Children take ownership of their own learning and are encouraged to challenge themselves. They are given feedback by both peers and teachers and children respond to this positively to move their learning forward.

Mutual Respect

Respect is at the core of our school ethos and is modelled by students and staff alike. The school promotes respect for others and this is reiterated through our classroom and learning environments. In line with our commitment to democracy children at Barnehurst are always able to voice their opinions in class and within our multiple pupil representation groups. We foster an environment where children are safe to disagree with each other. Mutual respect is embraced throughout the curriculum from the concept of ‘fair play’ in PE to the respectful collaborative learning across the curriculum where children are encouraged to debate, challenge and disagree -all respectfully. When children do well, their achievement is displayed for everyone to learn from their positive attitude and hard work. Learning and effort are highly respected and the whole school is focused on developing a great sense of worth and achievement.  Our weekly celebration assemblies are values focused and children who have modelled these values throughout the week are celebrated. Children who have demonstrated a value or who have shown an achievement are celebrated in class through our recognition boards and they then receive a post card home, sharing this achievement with parents and carers. For children who have gone ‘Above and Beyond’ they are invited to Hot Chocolate with the leadership team. These children are all celebrated in class by their teachers and their peers. Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

At Barnehurst we achieve this through equipping our children with the ability to understand their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity within the school community. We also run a number of trips to a range of places of worship throughout the academic year from which our children gain valuable experience of a variety of faiths and practices of worship. Our Religious Education curriculum provides a broad and balanced education on a range of faiths, religions and cultures all promoting curiosity amongst practices around learning questions where children are encouraged to explore artefacts and research in order to deepen their understanding.

Throughout the year we acknowledge a range of cultural festivities and ensure our children have a broad understanding in order for our children to empathise and comprehend what it is like to live in such a diverse country. Equality is a value we hold high at Barnehurst and through our range of texts, topics and experience we continue to promote opportunities for children to learn about and value their similarities and differences they have with others.