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British Values

According to Ofsted, fundamental British Values are:

  • democracy
  • the rule of law
  • individual liberty
  • mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith.


These link directly to the Core Values of Greenfield Primary School, which are:

  • responsibility
  • commitment
  • courage
  • equality
  • compassion 




At Greenfield we teach the pupils about democracy through School Council and Sports Council elections and subsequent meetings. The Sports Council organises playground games and challenges for the other pupils.


We have visited the Mayor's Parlour and the Mayor and local MPs have visited our school. We have held our own elections linked to the 2015 and 2017 General Election where pupils have written and delivered their manifestos and have secretly voted by ballot papers. We have also given pupils experience of postal voting.


We actively seek and listen to the views of our pupils and parents, through questionnaires and pupil voice activities.


The British Value of Democracy links with our Core Value of Responsibility. 


Rule of Law


The pupils of Greenfield know the difference between right and wrong and this is continually reinforced. Each class has their own class rules and a shared understanding of why rules are important. Our whole school behaviour policy is consistently applied and the children respond well to rewards. The children are confident in confiding in adults about behaviour that is breaking the rules because it is the right thing to do.


Year 6 pupils attend 'Crucial Crew' where other agencies teach them rules and laws for personal safety. The children of Greenfield are always praised when they are on Educational Visits due to their impeccable behaviour and commitment to the rules of travel, venues and other adults.   


The British Value of Rule of Law links with our Core Value of Commitment. 



Individual Liberty


Children are encouraged to make choices with the support of the adults around them. There are many ways in which they can exercise their right to choose, such as, continuous provision, enrichment activities, challenges in class and e-safety. They are able to express their views and choices through pupil voice activities.


The British Value of Individual Liberty links with our Core Value of Courage.  



Mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith


With a number of religious beliefs, languages and cultures we continually reinforce the need for knowledge, understanding and tolerance. Assemblies reflect the nature of our school community and this sense of community prepares our children for life in Britain. 


Our curriculum exploits learning opportunities for children to explore the wider world and develop an appreciation of cultural and religious diversity. As a school, we acknowledge and celebrate all religions to help children and parents understand, accept and respect the diverse nature of peoples' beliefs. 


The British Value of Mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith links with our Core Values of Equality and Compassion and our motto, Respect for All.