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British Values

Promoting British Values at Sidlesham Primary School

At Sidlesham Primary School we ensure that we teach our children that society in Britain is diverse and therefore, our curriculum, ethos and values reflect this.

These values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:

Democracy – ‘respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic process’

  • Children learn how they can influence decision making through the democratic process. This can be seen through the election process and work in both the Young Governors and Eco Councils. Children have the opportunity to have their voices heard and are involved in the decision making processes of the school. The Young Governor scheme genuinely leads to change within our school.

  • Through regular pupil conferencing, children’s opinions are respected and we act upon the information received.

  • Our PSHCE curriculum encourages all aspects of respect for democracy and the democratic process. In Key Stage Two, each house team elects a leader after giving a speech to their teams.

  • Individual children are appointed to posts of responsibility both in the classroom and across the school. 


The Rule of Law –‘respect for the basis on which the law is made and applies in England’ and‘support for equality of opportunity for all’.

  • The importance of laws, whether they are those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced at Sidlesham Primary School. Pupils are taught the rules from an early age in the Foundation Stage. 

  • The children are aware of the consequences of not following the rules in their school community. The children learn to understand the difference between right and wrong in all aspects of school life throughout the day.

  • Children are given the opportunity to understand aspects of civil and criminal law and discuss how this might be different from some religious laws.

  • Pupils in our school expect and receive a fair system where actions are always respectfully justified. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind rules and laws; that they exist to govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken.

  • Children are given the opportunity to meet with local agencies e.g. fire service and police so that they are valued and respected.

Individual Liberty – ‘support and respect for the liberties of all within the law’.

  • At Sidlesham Primary School our pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make informed choices, through a safe environment and an empowering education.

  • Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely. We ensure that children have the right to hold personal beliefs and are not pressurised to compromise these.

  • Our children are encouraged to give their opinions and share these ideas with due regard for the feelings of others. As part of our PSHCE curriculum we place a huge emphasis on the social and emotional learning of our children and feel we send them off to secondary school as well rounded individuals.

  • We celebrate achievements both in and out of school in assemblies, through certificates and assemblies. 

Mutual Respect and Tolerance of Those with Different Faiths and Beliefs – ‘respect for and tolerance of different faiths and religious and other beliefs’.

  • Mutual respect is at the heart of our values. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community are encouraged to treat each other with respect.

  • Tolerance is achieved through enhancing pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity.

  • We actively promote diversity through our celebrations of different faiths and cultures. Assemblies, Religious Education lessons and PSHCE lessons reinforce messages of tolerance and respect for others.

  • Members of different faiths and religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school.

  • The children visit places of worship that are important to different faiths. Throughout school life the children are encouraged to discuss differences between people such as their faith, ethnicity, disability, gender or sexuality. They also discuss differences in family life such as looked after children or young carers.

We work tirelessly to build a culture that will stand the test of time, where our pupils can develop a strong moral compass. We teach our children to respect everyone regardless of any differences.

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