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British Values

Southmead Primary School fully endorses and actively engages with British Values throughout the school and community.  These are:


•Rule of law


•Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs

•Mutual respect

•Individual liberty


At Southmead we are continually enriching and developing our curriculum so that it incorporates British values as part of our overall PSHCE (Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship, Education) programme. We actively reinforce these values in a wide variety of ways:


Rule of law

Our pupils learn what is right and wrong through classroom rules, school rules and also through the Behaviour and Discipline Policy.

Our work as a UN Rights Respecting School means we identify rights and responsibilities, both personal and collective.

We hold an anti-bullying week each year and do regular work on this through PSHE.



All positions on the School Council, Eco Committee and Rights and Responsibilities Committee are decided through a democratic process involving all pupils.

Pupils are given an understanding of freedom of speech for all, including the role the media plays in this. Children’s newspapers are provided for all year groups to facilitate discussion of local and national issues.  Our School Council makes a yearly trip to the Houses of Parliament to see Democracy in action at the heart of our Government.


Tolerance of difference

The school takes part in Rights Respecting School Initiatives.

Debating forms part of English lessons where pupils listen and respond to contrasting viewpoints.

All incidents of racism and bullying related to protected characteristics (i.e. age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, and pregnancy and maternity) are registered and the Local Authority is informed.


Mutual respect

The school makes weekly rewards for politeness and considerate behaviour and behaviour that demonstrates our school values of Responsibility, Resilience, Resourcefulness, Reasoning and Reflection.

All staff consistently model mutual respect in their dealings with children and parents/carers.

We fundraise for charities e.g. Red Nose Day,  Children in Need, our local Food Bank and Genetic Disorders.

The school takes part in Rights Respecting Initiatives.


Individual liberty

All pupils are made aware of their individual responsibility in making choices and decisions.

Our behaviour policy embeds the idea of consequences based on choice and action.


Rights Respecting Initiatives

Children are encouraged to make the right decisions about behaviour in class and around school, therefore making positive contributions towards creating a lawful environment where we are all responsible for our actions.  Our children are the creators of our Whole School Behaviour Charter which was devised through a democratic and collaborative process.

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