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In 2014 the DfE reinforced 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 were reiterated in 2014. 

The Blue Kite Academy Trust encourages all pupils, within all of its schools, to develop their understanding of the four key areas defined by the DfE as British Values, through the curriculum, extracurricular and other opportunities. 

The schools within the Blue Kite Academy Trust actively promotes the fundamental British Values: democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance. Abbey Meads Community Primary School is committed to ensuring that all of its pupils are offered a broad and balanced curriculum that aims to prepare them for life in modern Britain. 

The ways in which Abbey Meads actively promotes the areas within the British Values are:


  • We formulate and agree a set of ‘class rules’ at the beginning of each school year

  • We work with our children to monitor standards in our school

  • We elect class representatives to the school council

  • We have a school council who meet regularly and provide a ‘pupil voice’

  • We allow the children’s voice to be heard through questionnaires, surveys, discussions

  • We ask children to support the interviewing process for new staff

  • We discuss democracy during assemblies, and carry out debates to encourage free speech

  • We encourage our children to listen to, and consider others points of view

Rule of Law

  • We have a clear, consistent behaviour policy (based upon positive rewards) 

  • We provide opportunities for children to reflect about positive and negative behaviour

  • We have regular visits from our Police Community Support Officer

  • We address issues of law during whole-school assemblies as and when appropriate

  • We give considerable time to individual pupils who require additional opportunities to understand the importance of following rules

  • We encourage visits from external agencies to talk to the children in school

Individual Liberty

  • Our children are actively encouraged to make choices at school

  • Our children are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely

  • Our children are given important roles in school, such as Peer Mentors, House Captains, Green Ambassadors and Active Life Ambassadors

  • Our children are encouraged to understand responsibility in school, in terms of behaviour and attitude to learning

Justice and Fairness

  • We teach our children how to be safe and how to act safely

  • We promote positive relationships

  • The RE and SMSC curriculum teaches that behaviour has an effect upon those around them and upon their own rights

  • We participate in events organised to raise money for various charities  

  • We use educational residentials to help children learn to get along with their peers

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