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British Values


Here at St James' CE Primary Christian Values are at the heart of all of our teaching; working alongside this is also British Values.  We believe from these our children are able to become active, responsible citizens who participate in democracy and public life with respect for diversity and a commitment to working towards greater community cohesion. 

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development (SMSC) is central to our school which emphasizes the difference between right and wrong as well as respecting and tolerating differences in a very diverse and modern Britain.  We have a curriculum that will enable children to make progress towards these aims.


British Values


Example of how these are developed in the school and wider community


  • To understand and respect the democratic process
  • To understand how they can influence the decision making process
  • To understand how to argue and defend a point of view
  • To understand the importance of teamwork
  • Pupil Leadership Team representatives are voted in each year by their class.
  • Chair and Vice chair to be voted for by whole school in a democratic election
  • At the beginning of each topic, children are asked ‘What do `I already know and what do I want to learn?’
  • Year 6 topic of "Who has the Power?"


Christian Values thread

  1. Humility
  2. Service
  3. Hope
  4. Justice
  5. Courage


The Rule of Law

  • Ability to recognise the difference between right and wrong and apply this to their own lives
  • Ability to accept responsibility for their behaviour
  • To understand the consequences of their behaviour and actions
  • To understand that living under the rule of law protects them and is essential for their well-being and safety
  • Year 6 topic of "Who has the Power?"



Christian Values thread

  1. Justice
  2. Courage
  3. Forgiveness
  4. Reverence

Individual Liberty

  • To understand rights and responsibilities


  • School’s Golden Rules
  • Class rules/sanctions
  • Pupil Voice
  • Begin to know about the different groups they belong to and the important people and role within them
  • Begin to develop a sense of responsibility – St. James Leaders
  • Offer ideas and/or opinions on real school issues via the Pupil Leadership Team
  • Have a developing awareness of their own needs, views and feelings and be sensitive to the needs, views and feelings of others
  • Consider the consequences of their words and actions for others


Christian Values thread

  1. Justice
  2. Forgiveness
  3. Service
  4. Community
  5. Reverence


Mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and belief

  • Reflective about their own beliefs, religious or otherwise that inform their interest in and respect for different people’s faiths, feelings and values
  • Reflective about their own experiences
  • Interest in investigating and offering reasoned views about moral and ethical issues and being able to understand and appreciate the viewpoints of others
  • Use a range of social skills in different contexts, including working and socialising with pupils from different religions, ethnic, and social-economic backgrounds
  • Participate in a number of local, countrywide and worldwide charitable events
  • Understanding and appreciating the range of different cultures within the school and further afield as an essential element for life in modern Britain
  • Understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity as shown by their tolerance and attitudes
  • School’s Golden Rules
  • Classroom systems used to manage learning behaviours
  • Monitoring of bullying and prejudiced based incidents
  • Cultural events held yearly (ie. Cultural week, Inspirational people week, London week, British Values etc.)
  • Being part of a diverse community


Christian Values thread

  1. Humility
  2. Peace
  3. Hope
  4. Compassion
  5. Community
  6. Forgiveness
  7. Courage
  8. Reverence