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Westfield Primary

British Values

At Westfield Primary School we uphold and teach pupils about British Values.

Democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths are taught explicitly through our PSHE curriculum, SMSC and RE, as well as through our wider, broad and balanced curriculum.

These values are also embedded within our core school values:

  • Respect
  • Friendship
  • Equality
  • Excellence
  • Courage
  • Determination
  • Inspiration

In addition to our curriculum, we promote British values through:

  • regular assemblies with a focus on respecting children’s rights
  • creating links with community projects
  • our active, elected school council
  • visits to local places of worship
  • staff training and raising awareness of the Prevent strategies.

How we show the British Values at Westfield Primary:


  • Voting in school council members and key roles within the council.
  • Whole school decides on how to raise money for charities and the Westfield Association.
  • The council are involved in all job interviews.
  • Regular voting on decisions throughout the school year
  • Turn taking through a variety of games and activities
  • Job roles such as digital leaders, librarians and eco monitors are decided with the class.
  • Practical lessons such as science use job roles within teams to organise experiments.
  • Small decisions within the class room such as a whole class book to read or what to put on display boards are made by the class.
  • Pupils debate ideas learning to express their opinions and listen to the opinions of others.

Rule of Law

  • Class rules or a class charter made at the beginning if the school year and signed by all.
  • A clear understanding of the school behaviour system Track-it lights and the rainbow in Early Years.
  • Pupils supported to organise themselves, the class room and many areas of the school.
  • Right and wrong addressed in multiple subjects and led by pupil discussion.
  • Learning and following subject specific rules such as lab rules, BIDMAS and safety rules in DT and computing.
  • Board games and sports rules introduce rules through enjoyable activities.

Tolerance of Other Cultures and Religions

  • Celebrating all festivals within the school year. Activities will be linked to these special events.
  • Sharing stories, music and art from other cultures and religions.
  • Having a range of different artefacts for children to explore and discuss.
  • Use of assemblies for sharing the learning about different events, people and places.
  • Many topics link to learning about another culture such as Hola Mexico where learning about Mexico takes places through many subjects.
  • The faith tour takes places within Queens Park. Year 4 pupils tour local religious buildings meeting new people and learning about their culture.
  • Lessons such as RE and PSHE promote discussion around tolerance, culture and religion.
  • Yearly ‘off timetable week’ focusing in our school values and often includes learning about different cultures such as Tokyo.
  • Looking at famous writers, mathematicians and scientists from around the world.
  • Working towards our International School status involving being linked with schools in Denmark and Finland.

Mutual Respect

  • Children learn what makes them different to others and what makes them similar to others.
  • Sorting activities, games such as ‘odd one out’ to promote discussion in many subjects.
  • Watching Newsround and reading news events to find out what other people around the world are doing.
  • School values such as friendship and respect are praised using the green lights on Track-it lights.
  • Creation of stem sentences to support children to show manners when collecting their lunch or when they are at the office.
  • Often being praised by members of the public for the respect our children show to others on school visits.
  • Peer mentoring used to support pupils learning maths and English.

Individual Liberty

  • Pupils are given many opportunities to run areas of their school including the library, the school shop, playground equipment, the sound box and the use of the iPads building independence skills.
  • School councillors and form monitors organise class and school events.
  • Pupils work through the ’25 Things’ list before they leave their key stage.
  • Open ended activities involving problem solving and reasoning.
  • Pupils have choice over activities to choose and the difficulty of the task set.
  • Choice homework grids and a wide range of free extra-curricular clubs for pupils to choose from