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Promoting British Values

The Department for Education state 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.” The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy and the Prime Minister reiterated these values in 2014.


At Culham Parochial C of E Primary School we take our responsibility to prepare children for life in modern Britain very seriously. We ensure that the fundamental British Values are introduced, discussed and lived out through the ethos and work of the school. All curriculum areas provide a vehicle for furthering understanding of these concepts and, in particular, our values based collective worship, RE, SMSC statement, PSHE and Citizenship lessons provide excellent opportunities to deepen and develop understanding. Each British Value is linked to a key Christian text:


British Value

Key Christian Text:


For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self control. 2 Timothy 1:7

Role of Law:

Whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Philippians 4:8

Individual Liberty:

Just as each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of the varied grace of God. 1 Peter 4:10

Mutual Respect:

Treat others just as you want to be treated. Luke 6:31

Tolerance of Different Faiths and Beliefs:

Treat others just as you want to be treated. Luke 6:31


Children embrace these concepts with enthusiasm and demonstrate a good understanding of their application to their own lives. The school makes considerable efforts to ensure children have exposure to a wide range of experiences beyond their local community during which these concepts are shown, through for example, sporting events, a range of visits and use of outdoor education centres. Their strong rooted Christian values-based understanding gives them an excellent platform for embracing difference.