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.


At Putnoe Primary School, pupils have numerous opportunities to have their views heard through pupil questionnaires and the pupil-elected school council, eco council, cultural ambassadors and anti-bullying ambassadors.

Our pupils are encouraged to have an input into what and how they learn to instil an understanding of democracy for their future. Our Passports to Learning support this – pupils being encouraged to consider alternative pathways in lessons.

The Rule of Law

Putnoe Primary School has a high regard for the laws that govern and protect the school, the responsibilities that this involves, and the consequences when laws are broken. All pupils are involved in the creation of school rules to inspire them with this understanding. There is a shared classroom Charter of Rights.

Pupils are taught these values and the reasons behind laws, whether they govern the class, the school or the country, that are essential for their well-being and safety. Pupils are allowed healthy debate in class on the matter to encourage recognition of the importance of the law.

The school organises visits from authorities throughout the academic year in an effort to reinforce the reality and importance of this message. 

The school understands the importance of promoting British values through a comprehensive and unprejudiced curriculum. Our marking and feedback policy sets clear boundries for pupils.

The teacher’s Standards supports their accountability.

Individual Freedom

A challenging task or an extra-curricular club, pupils have the freedom to base their choices on their interests.

Pupils are taught about their rights and personal freedoms, and are encouraged and advised on how to exercise these safely, for instance through teaching on e-safety and PSHE lessons.

Pupils are encouraged to voice their views in lessons in a formative manner.

Elements of choice in the school lunch hall within healthy boundaries.

Mutual Respect

This is reinforced through our Behavioural Policy and posters throughout the school promoting mutual respect.

Respect forms a core pillar of Putnoe Primary School’s ethos. Pupils are treated with respect and learn to treat each other and all members of staff with respect – reinforced in values assemblies and throughout the curriculum.

Pupils are encouraged to voice their views in lessons in a formative manner.

Elements of choice in the school lunch hall within healthy boundaries

Tolerance of Those of Different Faiths and Beliefs

Putnoe Primary School acknowledges that tolerance is achieved through pupils’ knowledge and understanding of their place in a culturally-diverse society and the opportunity for pupils to experience such diversity.

Throughout the year, assemblies are held focussing on bullying, with reference to prejudice-based bullying, and discussion is encouraged.

Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs is supported by the RE and PSHE curriculum.

The school encourages its pupils from different faiths or religions to share their knowledge with their peers to enhance their learning.

Parent Partnership encourages parents/carers from  diverse cultural backgrounds to be involved in school life.

Identifying Radicalisation

The school openly challenges opinions and behaviour, demonstrated by both staff and pupils, that is odds with British values – supported by annual professional development.

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