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Promoting British Values

As directed by the Government and the Department for Education, schools are expected to promote the Fundamental British Values.  These are defined as:

  • Democracy
  • The rule of law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect
  • Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs

The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy.

At Castledyke Primary School, these core values are reinforced regularly and in a number of ways throughout the curriculum, including through assemblies and in our RE and PSHE lessons. We are proud to have developed a culture to support children to grow to become responsible, tolerant, thoughtful and respectful individuals, who are well-equipped to be a positive influence in the local community and beyond.  


At Castledyke Primary School, our School Council meets regularly with the Headteacher. The aim of the meetings is to seek the children’s views and opinions on a range of school issues. Children are encouraged to formulate and share their own thoughts, as well as respecting each other's views. Student voice is frequently collected, and the School Council has the authority to evoke change within the school with the support of the Headteacher.  

Children regularly learn about wider political issues such as the most recent general election, the European Union vote and the process by which party leaders are elected. Through our curriculum, children are also taught about and encouraged to respect public institutions and services and are given opportunities to welcome guests from and visit places in the local area, such as residential homes, businesses and religious institutions.

The Rule of Law

The importance of laws, whether they are those that govern the class, the school, or the wider community, are consistently reinforced at Castledyke Primary School.  Visits from external agencies such as the Police and Fire & Rescue Service also help reiterate this message. 

Students are taught from an early age the rules and expectations of our school. Students are taught the value and reasons behind our school rules, how they govern and protect our community, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when rules are broken. 

Individual Liberty

At Castledyke Primary School, our students are actively encouraged to make responsible choices. As a school, we enable all pupils to make informed choices, through a safe and supportive environment and an empowering education.

Students are encouraged to know and understand their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and PSHE work. Furthermore, through assemblies, children are taught about basic human rights within our local community and wider world and how to navigate discussions around these issues. 

We have a robust anti-bullying culture with behaviour and safety policies in place. 

Mutual Respect

Mutual respect is at the heart of our values. Children learn that their behaviour impacts their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect, which is clearly modelled by adults throughout the schools. 

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs

We provide opportunities for the children to visit places of worship and we actively encourage visitors from a range of communities and organisations into school to deliver workshops and give students an insight into other cultures and beliefs. 

Castledyke Primary School supports a variety of local, national and global charities each year and plans fundraising and awareness raising activities to support those charities.