British Values

At James Elliman Academy we take very seriously our responsibility to prepare children for life in modern Britain. The DfES has 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.”

We ensure that the fundamental British Values are introduced, discussed and experienced through the ethos and work of the school through our own school’s values of Respect, Aspiration, Equality, Rule of Law, Responsibility and Honesty.

All curriculum areas provide a vehicle for furthering understanding of these concepts and, in particular, our RE and PSHE lessons provide excellent opportunities to deepen and develop understanding. We aim to nurture our children on their journey through life so they can grow into safe, caring, democratic, responsible and tolerant adults who make a positive difference to British society and to the world. We encourage our children to be creative, unique, open minded and independent individuals, respectful of themselves and of others in our school, our local community and the wider world.

Rule of Law
Individual Liberty
Mutual Respect
Tolerance of Those with Different Faiths and Beliefs

Planning and Display
Teachers are expected to make links between the main context of what they are teaching and British Values. This guarantees our staff have British Values at the forefront of their minds when they are planning. This is then followed through to our school environment which have links to British Values clearly displayed. Majority of our classes and year groups have a board displaying not only our core values, which are linked to good citizenship, but children’s work expressing their thoughts on British Values. We encouraged them to write, draw and orally explain what it means to be British with the support of all staff. As a result, our pupils have a better understanding of what it means to be British and a real affinity to the country they are living and learning in.