Fundamental British Values.

Ofsted – September 2014

‘Acceptance and engagement with 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 pupils develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain’.

At Bothal Primary School we uphold and teach ‘British values.’ Our students consider that these values are aimed at being a good Citizen and that we do this by demonstrating the school’s core values.:



British value: Democracy:


  • We listen to all views – we vote for class representatives and go to them when we would like changes to be made in school. The School Council listens to us. We get involved in running the school as we have lots of opportunities to apply for posts of responsibility – house captains, play leaders, head boy, head girl, monitors, Sometimes it can be hard when the vote doesn’t go your way, but we respect the result of the majority.
  • We also think that democracy is important in all our lessons too as we often work as part of a group and think that it is important to listen to others and work together to get the best result. 
  • We debate arguments for and against – We do a lot of this in PSHE, Theme/Humanities and English! We express our views peacefully. In school we learn how to discuss difficult things in PSHE – It is to important listen to others.
British value: Rule of Law:
  • We know the difference between right and wrong and how to behave in school. We know that our actions affect the feelings of others. If we don’t follow school rules then we might be on amber, red or even a red flag. We have to work as a whole school to achieve an attendance treat if we reach 97% or above. We think that rules are there so that things are fair and we are kept safe – for example when doing experiments in the science lab or playing on the school field.
  • We respect the rules and work hard to show the school’s core values – we are proud to get a certificate in assembly, positive planner comment, and postcard home or receive leap points to spend in the leap shop! This shows that we have respected the school rules and wider community.
British value: Individual liberty:
  • We learn about stereotypes in PSHE and how to challenge them. We talk about anti-bullying at school council meetings, in PSHE lessons and assemblies.
British value: Respect and tolerance:
  • We promote respect through the school’s core values.
  • We have respect for our own and others’ cultures; we learn about this in our RE, humanities, PSHE, citizenship lessons and assemblies
  • We discuss differences and similarities of faiths during assemblies, collective worship, PSHE and Theme lessons  


All staff, upon interview are expected to detail their understanding of fundamental British Values. We are consistently committed to formally addressing the code of conduct, the school’s Core Values as well as informal observations in school during appraisals.

Democracy in Action at Bothal Primary


Bothal pupils vote for their school council representatives and their Head Boy and Girl.