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Modern British Values

Modern British Values at Barnfield

We believe these are universal values, which all of our community adhere to. We are committed to developing these in our children explicitly and through our day-to-day practice and attitudes.

‘British Values’ are identified as:
·       democracy
·       the rule of law
·       individual liberty
·       mutual respect
·       tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

Democracy forms an important part of life at Barnfield Primary. Each year the children decide upon their class rules and the rights associated with these. All the children contribute to the drawing up of the class rules – class contract/agreement.

We have a student council which meets every 2 weeks with the School Council Lead. The school council will meet with SLT to present their ideas when required and reports to the Governing Body on a termly basis. The council has its own budget and is genuinely able to affect change within the school. Every child on the student council is voted in by their class.

Children have an annual questionnaire where they are able to put forward their views about the school.  Their views are then considered and changes made accordingly to the next academic year.

In Year 6, our pupils are invited to apply for the positions of Prefects, Head and Deputy prefects. Pupils complete a written application, along with a reference stating why they would be the right candidate.

Prefects hold important positions of responsibility. The lead school council to discuss and bring about important decision making, ensuring the voice of all is heard and the process is fair.

The rule of law
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced at Barnfield.

Pupils are taught from an early age the rules of the school – ready to learn, respect and responsibility. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind rules and laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves, and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service help reinforce this message.

Through their Physical Health lessons children also learn about fairness and following rules for common enjoyment.
Individual liberty

At Barnfield, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make informed choices, through a safe environment and an empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our e-Safety and Emotional Health lessons.


Mutual Respect
This is an integral aspect of life at Barnfield. We expect our learners to be respectful, confident and positive individuals. We encourage every child to care about, and have respect for, their learning, each other and our environment. By being socially and emotionally intelligent, understanding about themselves and each other, our children will make the right choices and experience positive relationships now and in the future.

Mutual respect is at the heart of our values. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect.


Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
Barnfield is a very diverse school, we celebrate the differences in our school. We actively promote diversity through our celebrations of different faiths and cultures. Religious Education lessons and RSHE reinforce messages of tolerance and respect for others.

Members of different faiths and religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. The children visit places of worship that are important to different faiths to learn about different religions, beliefs and culture. We teach children the values of their own opinions as well as those of others

Barnfield Primary School