British Values

The DfE have recently reinforced the need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote 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 Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values have been reiterated this year (2015).

The curriculum at Falmouth Primary Academy is carefully planned to ensure that the teaching and understanding of British Values is embedded across the curriculum.


Democracy is very important across the whole school. Children at Falmouth Primary Academy know that there is always someone in school who they can talk to, who will listen and they will be heard, that their suggestions are valued. Children are regularly coming forward with suggestions on how we can improve the school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our Pupil Council and Pupil questionnaires. Children are elected onto the council purely through pupil votes and this reflects our British voting system and demonstrates democracy in action. Children have been involved in the naming of the school’s pets, school newspaper and help to choose playground equipment. The pupils are elected by their peers onto the school council. Parents and teachers views are also collected annually.

The Rule of Law

The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. The school has three golden rules that underpin all values across the school.

These are based on the R time ‘Three Golden Rules’:

  • Show respect to everyone and everything
  • Show good manners at all times
  • Follow instructions with thought and care
There are whole school displays of these rules and each class displays these rules. Rewards link to the rules and it also underpins our behaviour policy.

Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police; Fire Service; Lifeguards etc. are regular parts of our school life. The school has very strong links with the local community police officers.

Individual Liberty

Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make choices safety, through of provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advise how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and PSHE lessons. Whether it be through choice of challenge, of how they record, of participation in our extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices. Many of our children provide clubs for younger peers.

Mutual Respect

Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy has revolved around the three golden rules and respect is very important. Posters around the school promote respect for others and this is reiterated through our classroom and learning rules, as well as our behaviour policy. Our Head boy and girl, prefects, lunchtime ambassadors and Play leaders all encourage and support mutual respect by acting as positive role models to their peers and the younger members of the school. The Falmouth Primary Academy ‘Cool rules’ also promote respect in contact around school e.g. opening doors for each other and saying please and thank you to everyone.

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs

This is achieved through enhancing pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Our curriculum promotes the study and understanding of different countries, their cultures and their beliefs. Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE and PSHE. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. The school actively promotes and celebrates the multi-cultural society we have in Great Britain.