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British Values



As of November 2014, schools should promote the fundamental British values of:



The rule of law 

Individual liberty 

Mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those different faiths and beliefs.


Actively promoting the values means challenging opinions or behaviours in school that are contrary to fundamental British values.


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At Cumwhinton School we promote these values throughout our curriculum (the Jigsaw PSHE Mindfulness Programme), through SMSC (Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural Education and activities) and within our assembly programme.  This is in line with the advice provided by the Department for Education 


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'.


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.


For further information see the files below:


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