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British Values

At Hawthorn Primary School, British values are promoted and embedded into all parts of school life. The core values of the school reflect these values, ensuring that all members of our school understand the importance of these values and how they are essential to enable us to operate as a community. British Values are highlighted across our whole school curriculum and are also incorporated into our school assemblies alongside our Rights Respecting work. 


Democracy is well represented within the school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our Pupil Ambassadors and Pupil questionnaires. The elections of school councillors are based on pupil votes. Senior leaders and subject leaders regularly talk with pupils about our school and the curriculum we offer, using pupils' voice to improve our offer.

Our school behaviour policy (referred to as our Relationships Policy) involves building strong and trusting relationships with pupils and ensuring we have mutual respect. Through our use of the restorative justice approach, children understand that they have a right to be heard.

Rule of Law

The importance of law, whether they be those that are in the classroom, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. 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.

Tolerance of those with Different Faiths and Beliefs

This is achieved through enhancing pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse country and society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Assemblies and discussions involving our school core values 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. 


Individual Liberty

Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. Being safe is one of our core values and 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 numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.



Mutual Respect

Part of our school ethos and relationships policy has revolved around Core Values such as ‘Respect’ and pupils have been part of discussions and termly assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown. Our use of the restorative justice approach builds an understanding of the need for respectful behaviour towards all members of our school.


Pupil Ambassadors

British Values Ambassadors meet regularly to discuss how we can implement these important values into our school. The B.V Ambassadors also help Mrs Abraham with our Rights Respecting Assemblies every Monday by sharing a final slide linked to the British Value of the Week.