Aiming High Learning for Life

British Values

Putnoe Primary School is required under section 78 of the Education Act 2002 to promote the spiritual, moral, mental and physical development of pupils. As of November 2014, schools also need promote fundamental British values as part of the school curriculum.

Putnoe Primary is committed to serving its community. It recognises the multi-cultural, multi-faith and ever-changing nature of the UK. It also understands the vital role it has in ensuring that groups or individuals within the school are not subjected to intimidation or radicalisation by those wishing to unduly, or illegally, influence them.

It follows equal opportunities guidance which guarantees that there will be no discrimination against any individual or group, regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, political or financial status, or similar. Putnoe Primary is dedicated to preparing pupils for their adult life beyond the formal, examined curriculum and ensuring that it promotes and reinforces British values to all its pupils.

The DfE has suggested that pupils are taught about fundamental British values during their spiritual, moral and cultural (SMSC) classes. Pupils are expected to display knowledge of the fundamental aspects of British values. The government has outlined their expectations, stating that pupils should:

  • Understand the democratic process and how citizens can have a say in decision making.
  • Recognise the advantages to living under the rule of law and how law is essential for a safe society.
  • See that there is a separation of power and why it exists.
  • Understand the reasons for accountability of institutions and why courts maintain independence.
  • Know why freedom of religion protects all faiths, as well as those with no faith.
  • Accept that people who hold different religious beliefs should be tolerated and not be discriminated against.
  • Value the importance of identifying and combatting extremism.

Putnoe Primary does not have to promote or teach any particular belief, view or way of life that contradicts our outlook or ethos; however, we will not promote discrimination, or accept intolerance against people or groups, on the basis of their belief, opinion or background.


  • Councils elected democratically
  • Democracy in light of the general election
  • Council meetings:- roles and responsibilities
  • Democracy in light of the Magna Carta
  • Curriculum mapped to ensure coverage of key figures in history
  • PE curriculum – working in teams/competitions
  • Local heritage – John Bunyan, River Great Ouse
  • Commemorate Armistice Day
  • Learn about World Wars
  • EAL support for those new to Britain
  • Fundraising projects
  • Public Speaking competitions

The Rule of Law

  • Putnoe’s Behaviour Policy – rules and consequences
  • Visits from the police/fire service
  • ‘Bikeability’ certificates

Individual Freedom

  • Putnoe’s Charter of Rights
  • E-safety
  • Signing up for extracurricular clubs
  • Choices in own learning – identifying ‘next steps’
  • Putnoe’s Cultural Map
  • Public Speaking competitions
  • PSHE – healthy choices
  • Enterprise projects
  • ‘Passport to Learning’
  • Blooms Taxonomy – peer/self-assessment

Mutual Respect

  • Values Education Quality Mark
  • Investors in Pupils Accreditation
  • Black History Month
  • Cultural Map
  • International Schools Award
  • Anti-bullying Ambassadors
  • Behaviour Policy

Tolerance of Those of Different Faiths and Beliefs

  • Links with places of worship
  • Engaging with leaders of different faiths
  • RE curriculum mapped to ensure coverage
  • ‘Show Racism the Red Card’
  • ‘Language of the month’
  • Values based assemblies

Identifying Radicalisation

Pupils are made aware of the danger signs to look out for when it comes to radicalisation. They know the process for reporting their concerns. KS2 PSHE explains to the pupils that radicalisation can harm everyone in society and radicalisation occurs in all communities.

To read our British Values Policy, please click on the link at the bottom of this page.