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British Values

Photograph above of Year 5 Global Leicester Visit

At Ashby Willesley Primary School we are required to provide for the spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development of our pupils. Part of this requirement is that we actively promote the fundamental British Values. These are defined as:

  • Rule of Law
  • Democracy
  • Individual Liberty
  • Mutual Respect and Tolerance of different Faiths and Beliefs.

Promoting these British Values is now a central part of the teaching and learning at Willesley. By doing this we aim to help our children become well-rounded members of society. These British Values are promoted throughout the curriculum, across the whole school. They are also seen in the school ethos and policies, assemblies, special events and cultural celebrations. They go hand in hand with our Core Values and the principle of Route to Resilience (which can be found on our website).

Link to the Symphony Learning Trust - British Values Policy

What do these values look like at Ashby Willesley?


  • Class Purple Parliament representatives are elected by their peers after sharing their ideas.
  • Purple Parliament, regularly gather and meet to discuss the views of our pupils.
  • House Leaders and Sports Leaders are elected following a democratic process.
  • Providing opportunities for children to vote between choices of activities. 
  • Pupil views are sought about school life throughout the year through interviews and questionnaires.
  • Parents and pupils' opinions were sought when establishing our core values.
  • Pupils are involved in establishing class rules.
  • Pupils apply for school jobs and responsibilities.
  • Wider curriculum links- Greeks

Rule of Law

  • A clear behaviour policy where children are aware of consequences and actions.
  • Clear classroom rules, created in partnership with children.
  • PHSE and RSE – ESafety, right and wrong, visitors eg police
  • Anit-bullying week

Individual Liberty

  • Pupils are encouraged to try a variety of activities and take ownership for their learning.
  • Learn to Discover – encouraging children to learn and discover for themselves and from their mistakes.
  • Opportunities are encouraged to suggest enrichment activities and pupils can choose what they are involved in.

Mutual respect and Tolerance of those with a difference in belief

  • Opportunities for children to make links with the wider community – inviting people in to school, VE Day Celebrations, supporting Ashby Food Bank and Liverpool Community School in Sierra Leone
  • Provide opportunities to share and value others’ experiences.
  • Encourage children to learn about the world around them, both locally and further afield.
  • Fund raising for different charities.
  • Teaching of different religions and cultures, beliefs and values
  • Weekly assemblies
  • Discussing current affairs and media representation
  • Celebrating different festivals throughout the year
  • We actively challenge pupils, parents or staff with ‘extremist’ views