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Fundamental British Values

Fundamental British Values at KWS:


At Kirkby Woodhouse School, our High 5 values provide children with the opportunity to live out the Fundamental British Values of Democracy, The Rule of Law, Individual Liberty Mutual respect and tolerance and the promotion of Britishness. Through intilling these values in our children, we aim to embed these distinct characteristic traits in everyone one and inform the kinds of people we want them to be.


  • We provide opportunities for children to debate and discuss a variety of issues
  • We encourage children to vote for things that they want to happen
  • Children help make the rules within classrooms
  • We ensure there are opportunities to become leaders and take on additional responsibility
  • We encourage children to express their views in pupil conferences, pupil surveys and through the school council


The Rule of Law:

  • Children are taught the difference between right and wrong and are encouraged to take responsibility for their behaviour and make the right choices
  • They are taught that the law is there to protect them and that breaking the law involves consequences
  • Children are expected to follow the 'Take Care' rules and High-5 vaalues that aim to keep children safe and promote a positive atmosphere for teaching and learning
  • Children are encouraged to reflect on their actions and make things right
  • Visitors, including the Police, are invited to school to help children understand the importance of living within the law



Individual Liberty:

  • Children are encouraged to put forward ideas for school improvement and what they would like to learn about in the classroom
  • Children are elected to the School Council to represent their peers and make things happen
  • Children are given the opportunity to express opinions and state preferences
  • Through clubs and residential trips, children are encouraged to try new things and take risks
  • Children are encouraged to take on new challenges and aspire to be the best they can



Mutual Respect and Tolerance:

  • We encourage children to be polite and helpful to others and lead by example
  • We learn to respect other people and recognise that people may be different from us
  • We promote equality, diversity and fairness
  • In lessons, we actively promote everyone’s right to learn and create a learning environment which is conducive to this
  • We ensure that everyone is made aware that bullying of any kind will not be tolerated
  • We teach the 'Take Care Values' by which we should live our lives, and we celebrate them in assemblies
  • We teach children that we are all different, special and have a range of skills to offer
  • We teach children about a variety of faiths and cultures which is underpinned by respect and tolerance regardless of our own beliefs



Promotion of Britishness:

  • We commemorate key historical dates such as Armistice
  • We learn about War, the British Empire and the Commonwealth
  • We celebrate British festivals and special days such as St George’s day, Harvest festival, Shrove Tuesday, Easter and Christmas
  • We show support for our country when key sporting fixtures arise