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Ethos and British Values


At Freeman Community Primary School, British values are promoted in much of what we do. During assemblies, Religious Education (RE) lessons, Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) lessons and through our topic studies of the world.

All these aspects of learning shape our ethos and values.

As well as actively promoting British values, the opposite also applies. We actively challenge children, staff or parents expressing opinions that are contrary to fundamental values including “extremist” views. 

  • Democracy
  • The rule of law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect
  • Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

Our children experience democracy at work through the working of our School Council. At Freeman Community Primary School we value our pupils’ voices. We have an established class rules which are underpinned by our Positive Behaviour Policy. These rules are used in and around school on a daily basis to model an individual’s rights and responsibilities, the need for mutual respect and tolerance.
Through our PSHE learning we further explore the five values. We consider what being a good citizen is. We access support from organisations such as ChildLine and the NSPCC to help our pupils understand about their rights, respect and tolerance. We also support various charities, some chosen directly by the pupils and others chosen by the school, which enables us to consider in more detail mutual respect and tolerance.

In Religious Education (R.E.) pupils learn about the major faiths and beliefs. We celebrate a range of key festivals across the year and look at the similarities and differences and how this impacts on people’s lives.

Through our topic (humanities) curriculum we take the opportunity to explore other cultures from around the world and we encourage our pupils to see the world from different perspectives.

Our assemblies are based on 18 Values for Life such as Trust, Justice, Forgiveness, Respect and Responsibility.

Children, staff, parents and Governors have many opportunities for their voices to be heard but most obviously through regular questionnaires and Governor Forums called “Coffee, Cake and Chat where any issues can be raised and dealt with.

Updated: July 2015.

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