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Welcome to

Totnes St John's C of E Primary School

Our British Values

The DfE have recently reinforced the 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.”


At Totnes St John's C of E Primary School we uphold and teach pupils about British Values which are defined as:


•rule of law

•individual liberty

•mutual respect

•tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs


How this is done at Totnes St John's C of E Primary School:

Actively promoting British values through

Focusing on and showing how the school’s work is effective in securing these values

Challenging pupils, staff or parents who express opinions contrary to British values


Democracy – what do we do?

Provide pupils with a broad general knowledge of, and promote respect for, public institutions and services

Teach pupils how they can influence decision-making through the democratic process

Include in the curriculum information on the advantages and disadvantages of democracy and how it works in Britain

Encourage pupils to become involved in decision-making processes and ensure they are listened to in school)

Help pupils to express their views

Model how perceived injustice can be peacefully challenged

Democracy is shown through history topics

Family Groups


Rule of law – what do we do?

Ensure school rules and expectations are clear and fair

Our school values 

Class rules and celebration of adhering to these rules

Help pupils to distinguish right from wrong

Help pupils to respect the law and the basis on which it is made

Help pupils to understand that living under the rule of law protects individuals

Include visits from the police across the year

Individual liberty – what do we do?

Support pupils to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence

Encourage pupils to take responsibility for their behaviour, as well as knowing their rights

Model freedom of speech through pupil participation, while ensuring the protection of vulnerable pupils and promoting critical analysis of evidence

Challenge stereotypes Implement a strong anti-bullying culture - ‘Say no to bullying’

E-Safety through Family groups, Assemblies and NSPCC


Respect and tolerance – what do we do?

Promote respect for individual differences

Help pupils to acquire an understanding of, and respect for, their own and other cultures and ways of life

Challenge prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour

Organise visits to places of worship

Develop links with faith and other communities through RE and working alongside children their families  our community links

Learning to disagree in a respectful way

Develop critical personal thinking skills