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British Values

Promoting Fundamental British Values at Cantrell Primary and Nursery School

In accordance with The Department for Education, we aim to actively promote British values in our school to ensure young people leave school prepared for life in modern Britain. Pupils are encouraged to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance and understand that while different people may hold different views about what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, all people living in England are subject to its law.

The key British values are:

  • Democracy
  • Rule of law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect
  • Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

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We help children to remember the British Values through the thumb and finger model.

The thumb – Rule of Law: follow our school rules, which are integral to our learning and ethos. 

Index finger – Liberty: within school pupils are actively encouraged, and given the freedom to make choices, knowing they are in a safe and supportive environment.

Middle finger – Respect: Pupils know and understand that it is expected that respect is shown to everyone, adults and children.

Ring Finger – Tolerance: through PSHE and RE curriculums, pupils are encouraged to discuss and respect differences between people, such as differences of faith, ethnicity, disability, gender or sexuality and differences in family situations.

A little finger – Democracy: all children are encouraged to debate topics of interest, express their views and have the opportunity to have their voices heard through School Council, pupil questionnaires and pupil surveys.