British Values

British Values at Abbott

At Abbott, we actively promote British Values, as defined under the Ofsted guidance 2014, through our school vision, ethos, agreed rules, curriculum and teaching:

We ensure that they and the school promote tolerance of and respect for people of all faiths (or those of no faith), cultures and lifestyles; and support and help, through their words, actions and influence within the school and more widely in the community, to prepare children and young people positively for life in modern Britain’.

The government define these values as

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

At Abbott we would actively challenge children, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views. We value the diverse ethnic backgrounds of all pupils and families and undertake a variety of events and lessons to celebrate these. We have found this approach to be enriching for all parties as it teaches tolerance and respect for the differences in our community and the wider world. Underpinning all of this, are a range of curriculum topics which have strong links to the British Values. 

What does ‘British Values’ mean to us?

  • We respect the cultures and beliefs of others
  • We know that we are all special
  • We understand and respect the roles of people who help us
  • We understand the consequences of our actions
  • We treat everybody equally
  • We understand right from wrong
  • We listen to and respect other people’s opinions and values
  • We always try to help other people


Are British values important? BBC 5 Live Report

Year 6 were visited by BBC 5 Live and Kim Leadbeater as part of a report on British Values. We explored what British values mean to us as a multi-cultural class - considering a range of scenarios and our opinions.  The children were fantastic during their discussion and were able to maturely express their understanding of British Values in context. 

"I just wanted to say a huge Thank You for allowing me to come into your school the other week and sit in on your fantastic lesson on British Values. It was wonderful to meet you and the children - who were so good! The lesson was extremely informative and provided a valuable insight into the thoughts of children from a diverse range of backgrounds, which you facilitated in an excellent way.
Many thanks for your time and energy. The children are lucky to have such an enthusiastic and committed teacher.
Please pass on my sincere thanks to the children for their excellent contributions and mature discussion, and to the headteacher for allowing me to come in.  Kim Leadbeater"


Check out the blog on BBC 5 Live.