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British Values

As of 2014, the Department for Education published guidance stating that all schools have a duty to actively 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. Although this is something which is growing in its importance for schools, this is not something new for Sacred Heart. These values are linked to our school values and are promoted through so much of what we are already doing. As a GOLD Rights Respecting School, we place the voice of the child at the heart of the school and aim to encourage our children to be caring, tolerant and respectful citizens of their local and global community.

Here are some images and slides from a recent School Council Assembly about British Values...

British Values


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Here are some of the ways in which we promote these fundamental British values at Sacred Heart.

Individual Liberty

  • Circle time and SMSC plans
  • Choice of clubs across the school
  • Word of Mouth Poetry Competition
  • Saatchi Art Competition and the Multicultural Man
  • Fundraising and charity days
  • Debates in English lessons
  • Year 5/6 Model United Nations General Assembly
  • Year 5 France trip
  • Year 6 School Journey
  • Article 12 UNICEF group
  • End of Year Reports, children report on their own progress
  • Pupil conference and targets
  • Responding to marking
  • Foundation stage choosing time

Mutual Respect and Tolerance

  • Year 1, 3 and 6 Singing Projects
  • National Heritage Project
  • UNICEF Rights Respecting week
  • Sporting events
  • Disability awareness workshops
  • Multicultural man
  • Parent events e.g. workshops, coffee sessions
  • Lantern parade
  • Singing in the local community
  • R.E. Focus weeks and visits to places of worshipPlay Leaders
  • Visitors from the Sacred Heart Community
  • A Journey in Love
  • Star of the Week Assemblies


  • Elected school council and head boy and girl
  • Elected Eco-warriors
  • Suggestion box (checked by Article 12 group)
  • Class charters created and agreed by whole class
  • Knowledge Harvest at the start of every topic to identify things we would like to learn
  • KS1 ‘Our Rights’ topic
  • Use of class dojos across the school
  • Year 5 visit to the Houses of Parliament
  • Circle time
  • Charity days e.g. Day for Change
  • UNICEF Assemblies

Rule of Law

  • Sacred Heart Mission Prayer
  • Class Charters
  • Whole school charter and the home school agreement
  • Safer Internet Day and assemblies
  • School Travel Plan
  • Eco Schools
  • Year 5 Junior Citizens
  • Play leaders
  • Cycle and scooter training
  • Graffiti workshop
  • TFL workshop for Year6
  • Behaviour policy for school and after school clubs
  • Fire training for Year 2 and Year 6
  • Police and Ambulance visits in Foundation Stage
 Our school British Values Statement contains more information about how we promote British values in school.