British Values

Promoting British Values at Eyres Monsell Primary School


The Department for Education has made clear the expectations  on schools “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”.


British values are defined as: 

  • democracy, the rule of law 
  • individual liberty and
  • mutual respect 
  • tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.


British values can play an important role in education and how well a school promotes such values is an aspect of Ofsted’s inspection process. British values are promoted in so much of what we do, not least during our school assemblies, Religious Education and PSHCE lessons. The values are integral to our long-standing ethos statement which complements British values and always has done.


As well as actively promoting British values, the opposite also applies: we would actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British values, including ‘extremist’ views.


The term ‘British values’ might be slightly misleading in that these values are integral to so many countries throughout the world – they differ in no way from the values of most western European countries, for example.


Our school reflects British values in all that we do.  We encourage our children to be creative, unique, open-minded and independent individuals, respectful of themselves and of others in our school, our local community and the wider world.


Our designated safeguarding leads are our PREVENT officers. Two members of staff are PREVENT level 2 trained.