British Values

Promoting British Values 

The DfE have 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 2011 , and these values were reiterated in 2014.

At Cheam Common Infants’ Academy we aim for our children to become valuable and fully rounded members of society who treat others with respect and tolerance, regardless of background. We promote the basic British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance for those with different faiths and beliefs in the following ways:


We have a School Council with members from Reception, Year One and Year Two. These children are voted for by their classes. The Council meets regularly and in the meetings the children’s views and ideas on a range of school issues are sought and they help make decisions. The council members record their ideas in a book and feedback to their classes. They also collect class views which they bring to their meetings and children are involved in fundraising for the school and selected charities. We also have Eco-monitors and buddies which, again, are voted for by the children.

The Rule of Law

Children are taught from the beginning the ‘values’ of our school. Pupils are taught the importance of and reasons behind our school Golden Rules, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when the Golden Rules are not kept. Each class reflects on these rules at the beginning of the academic year and assemblies with SLT support the children in following the rules. We have a variety of rewards when children follow the rules, including certificates, awarded by School Councillors who identify the children following the golden rule of the week.  School Council therefore also work closely with SLT highlighting children who have been particularly good examples at following the Golden Rules.  Other rewards include golden time, golden acorns, the opportunity to be star of the week, and individual class rewards. These show children our values are special and in keeping them they will be recognised and rewarded.

Individual Liberty

Pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. Making choices is a key part of the way we want children to learn, especially in the early years where child initiated learning is at the heart of our practice. Children learn about choice through assemblies and our Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)  work. Through our work we discuss different choices that the children can make and encourage them to make the right choices. Children choose their after school clubs from a wide variety of activities offered. We look at Online safety as a key part of the Computing curriculum and the importance making safe choices when online and what to do if things go wrong.

Mutual Respect

Mutual respect is at the heart of our values. We are an inclusive school where everyone is valued and has a contribution to make to the school. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. The children and staff often work with other schools in our academy and with the local church which develops their respect for others in the wider community.

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs

All different faiths and beliefs are explored and celebrated through assemblies, Religious Education (R.E)  sessions and a variety of visitors are welcomed into school. The children are taught that people have different faiths and beliefs and that these should be accepted. Children within our school with different faiths are encouraged to share their practices and special celebrations. Our school has a strong link with Christchurch with St Phillips and we have a variety of visitors who regularly lead assemblies for us. 

We are  linked to Mkunkhu Junior Primary School  in Malawi in Africa and children have the opportunity to find out about this school and its community  and explore how the children live and learn in Malawi. The school fundraises to support the school and its community and educational projects are made and exchanged. Staff have visited this school and children have shared photographs and resources enabling both schools to have a good understanding of the differences and share learning experiences.


A school’s curriculum must comply with the legislation to give pupils the opportunity to study a wide range of subjects. In addition, provision for pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development should promote tolerance of and respect for people of other faiths, cultures and lifestyles. Good teaching in a broad and balanced curriculum, underpinned by an effective approach to the SMSC development of children and young people, will help to prepare them for life in modern Britain. 

Sir Michael Wilshaw July 2014 

Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector.

At Cheam Common Infants, pupils are taught the understanding and knowledge of British Values through a variety of ways. We have compiled a list of the values the DfE expect and how we inform and educate pupils in these values at our schools.

DFE Expectations

How pupils learn British values

How citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process 

School Council 

Eco Warriors 


An appreciation that living under the rule of law protects individual citizens 

Visits from public services; police, firefighters, Nurse 

Golden Rules 

School Council 


ESafety lessons

An understanding that bodies such as the police and the army can be held to account by the people, through the democratic organs of government 

Topic themes; Caring and taking care

PHSE Curriculum 

Guy Fawkes 

An understanding that the freedom to hold other faiths and beliefs is protected in law, and an acceptance that other people having different faiths or beliefs

RE Curriculum 

Visitors in Assembly and class from various cultures within the school community. 

Celebrating Faiths & Differences