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.” 

The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy and these values have been reiterated by the Prime Minister this year.

But what are ‘British values’?

British values’ are:

  • democracy
  • the rule of law
  • individual liberty
  • mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith.

What do we do?

  • Enable students to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence
  • enable students to distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil and criminal law of England
  • encourage students to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative, and to understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality of the school and to society more widely
  • enable students to acquire a broad general knowledge of and respect for public institutions and services in England
  • further tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions by enabling students to acquire an appreciation for and respect for their own and other cultures
  • encourage respect for other people, and
  • encourage respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic processes, including respect for the basis on which the law is made and applied in England.


Democracy at St Benedict’s is about…

Children having the opportunity to have a voice and their own say. We promote pupil’s voice in many ways:

  1. School Council
  2. House Captains
  3. Eco Team
  4. Chaplaincy Team
  5. Regular debates

The Rule of Law at St Benedict’s is about …

The children understand the difference between what is right and wrong. We promote the Rule of Law in many ways:

  1. Behaviour chart
  2. Class rules
  3. Rewards/consequences
  4. Teaching the value and reason of laws.
  5. Classroom charters

Our pupils are taught the values and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken.

Individual Liberty at St Benedict’s is about…

Children having the freedom and right to make their own choices. We promote Individual Liberty in many ways:

  1. Safe environments
  2. E-Safety
  3. PSHE
  4. Extra-curricular activities

Weather it is through choice of challenge; of how they record; of participation in our extra-curricular activities; our pupils are given the freedom to make choices.