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British Values

Statement on British Values

The Department for Education has published updated guidelines on promoting British Values in schools. (November 2014) This can be found by clicking here.

Statement of Intent at Cleves

We provide opportunities for pupils to explore their own culture and develop their understanding of the cultural influences that have shaped modern Britain. We understand the role that this education plays in protecting children from radical and extremist ideas through the promotion of the below British Values, as identified in the Prevent Strategy 2011.

  • Democracy
  • The Rule of Law
  • Individual Liberty
  • Mutual respect and tolerance


Democracy is active within the school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council and Pupil questionnaires. The election of School Council Reps is based solely on pupil votes. Elected Pupil Associate Governors meet twice a term with the Chair of Governors and Headteacher, learn about how democratic committee meetings are run, and attend every Governing Body meetings to report on their views and those of their peers.

The Rule of Law

The importance of rules to keep us safe are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind rules, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when rules are broken. We hold Rule of Law afternoons where we hold class debates about environmental issues in lower school and simulate Crown courts, in upper school. We visit authorities such as the Police and Fire Service in Year 6.

Through the RE curriculum children learn that their right to hold differing faiths and beliefs is protected in law.

Individual Liberty

Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms through our Cleves Values. Within school pupils are actively supported to make choices by our safe and supportive environment.

Mutual Respect and Tolerance

Sports activities promote an attitude of equality and fairness. Our PSHE curriculum embodies values of mutual respect. Weekly ‘Good work’ assemblies place equal value on pupils’ achievements.