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British Values

What are British values?

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British values are:

  • democracy; 
  • the rule of law; 
  • individual liberty; 
  • mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith


Schools must promote British values

As of November 2014, schools must now promote British values. 

At Cumwhinton School we do this through our curriculum (The Jigsaw PSHE Mindfulness Programme) and through SMSC (Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural Education and activities.) 


How must we teach it?

Advice from the Department for Education is that British values should be promoted through SMSC. (Social Moral Spiritual Cultural). 


See our ‘Messy’ (MSSC) day programme on this website via the Curriculum signpost.


Our British values teaching at Cumwhinton…

  • Enables students to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Enables students to distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil and criminal law of England
  • Encourages students to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative, and to understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality of the school and to society more widely
  • Enables students to acquire a broad general knowledge of and respect for public institutions and services in England
  • Promotes tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions by enabling students to acquire an appreciation for and respect for their own and other cultures
  • Encourages respect for other people, and
  • Encourages respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic processes, including respect for the basis on which the law is made and applied in England.

Assemblies at Cumwhinton

Though our carefully planned assemblies (whole school, key stage and class - often through the Jigsaw PSHE programme) we teach and promote British Values:  acceptance and engagement with 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 pupils develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain.'


Citizenship at Cumwhinton

Citizenship education underpins much of SMSC. For example, exploring human rights and our political and legal systems through the taught citizenship curriculum goes a long way to learning 'the difference between right and wrong' and 'the consequences of behaviour'.


Jigsaw PSHE (ages 3-11) and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC)