British Values

British Values:  how are they promoted at Thorogate School

An understanding and knowledge expected of pupils as a result of schools promoting fundamental British Vales (DfE advice)

British Values and evidence in Thorogate School

An understanding of how citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process.


  • School Council elections and pupil voice it provides such as deciding on charity focus, playground equipment, development of outside area (currently planned).
  • Student questionnaires.
  • Consideration of national election process and how parties have shared their views (older pupils).
  • Involvement in curriculum design through having some voice in how topics / projects are developed.
  • Use of First News to keep aware of national / international developments.
  • Curriculum discussions such as the development of democracy in Ancient Greece and its legacy.
  • Via Crucial Crew, visiting a ‘mock’ court and understanding the procedures (including pupil responsibilities in the eye of the law).

An appreciation that living under the rule of law protects individual citizens and is essential for their wellbeing and safety.

The rule of law:

  • Behaviour policies and class charters.
  • Visits by the police and fire service.
  • Visiting Crucial Crew.
  • Assemblies on school rules and why we have them.
  • Discussions with individual pupils who find understanding and applying rules challenging.
  • Understanding that there is a connection between actions and consequences through applying the behaviour policy.


Individual liberty:

  • Thorogate motto: Respect. Responsibility.  Fun: whilst in pursuit of Excellence.
  • Assemblies discussing the rights of individuals such as the United Nations Charter on the Rights of the Child.
  • Teaching on e-safety.

An understanding of the importance of identifying and combating discrimination.

Mutual respect:

  • Thorogate motto: Respect. Responsibility.  Fun: whilst in pursuit of Excellence.
  • PSHE / circle time activities.
  • Charity work.

An acceptance that other people have different faiths and beliefs to oneself should be accepted and tolerated, and should not be the cause of prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour.

An understanding that the freedom to choose and hold other faiths and beliefs is protected in law.

Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs:

  • Thorogate motto: Respect. Responsibility.  Fun: whilst in pursuit of Excellence.
  • RE curriculum including Godly play and visits to a range of places of worship.
  • Understanding how different faiths are celebrated through assemblies.