Fundamental British Values (FBV)

Promoting British Values at Beech Green Primary School

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 five values we promote are:

  • Democracy
  • The Rule of Law
  • Individual Liberty
  • Mutual Respect
  • Tolerance of those from Different Faiths and Beliefs

At Beech Green Primary School, we promote the Fundamental British Values in the following ways:

Democracy
Children have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. We have a School Council which meets regularly to discuss issues raised by their peers. Class representatives are voted for democratically, as are Eco Committee members and Year 6 House and Sports Captains.  Children regularly have questionnaires with which they are able to put forward their views about the school. We have also discussed key British democratic events such as the General Election and the EU Referendum

The Rule of Law
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout the regular school day, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies.
Our school rules are prominently displayed around the school and were discussed and agreed with the children.  Our school rules state that:

At Beech Green, we…

  • Follow the instructions of Beech Green adults;
  • Do kind and helpful things and always use polite words;
  • Keep our hands and feet to ourselves;
  • Take care of our environment, school and others’ property.

Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind 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, and some year groups study how laws have changed in Britain and the World over time.

Individual Liberty
Within school, 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 choices safely.  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 PSHE lessons.  Every class visits the Life Education Bus every year, funded by the PTFA, where they have opportunities to discuss their personal choices.

Mutual Respect
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. Our school has high expectations where courtesy and good manners are shown towards all, which is often recognised by visitors to the school. Children treat others how they would want to be treated. Children are given the opportunity to reflect on behaviour and understand their impact upon others.

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
At Beech Green Primary School, our RE curriculum reinforces an understanding of other religions and cultures. This is also celebrated through theme days where we share celebrations from a range of different faiths. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school.