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British Values

As an important part of our integrated approach to Spiritual, Moral, Social & Cultural education at Ridgeway Farm CE Academy, we promote children’s understanding of British values by embedding them across the school curriculum so that they permeate children’s learning as well as influence the values and ethos of the school.

It is our aim to ensure that children at Ridgeway Farm CE Academy understand and actively participate in democracy, understand the difference between right and wrong, understand the rule of law, know their own personal rights and responsibilities and are mutually respectful and tolerant to those with different faiths and beliefs. At Ridgeway Farm we offer pupils a diverse curriculum which encourages pupils to reflect on their role in society in the following ways:

  • English: Many books studied will have themes covering tolerance, mutual respect and democracy. Lessons look at how these themes are presented and how characters embody these values. Poetry, songs and languages from other cultures are also examined. Lessons explore the meaning of concepts such as liberty, democracy and tolerance.


  • Religious education: Lessons reinforce messages of tolerance and respect for others. Children have the opportunity to visit places of worship that are important to different to faiths. We actively promote diversity through celebrations of different faiths and cultures.


  • History and geography: Pupils analyse events in UK and world history where British values have been tested such as both World Wars. In geography, pupils look at how different cultures live and work throughout the world.


  • Assemblies: Each week, whole school, class and phase assemblies are held which explore our value of the term, an issue topical in the news or pertinent to each class and many of them directly support the promotion and understanding of British values.


  • PSHE: The children all follow the Jigsaw PSHE scheme in which the 5 values are embedded into the puzzle pieces.


  • Enrichment: Opportunities are provided for children to learn and understand more about the society in which they live through educational visits and from visitors coming to school. This includes a range of professionals such as police officers.


British Value


How this is developed at Ridgeway Farm


All children in the school actively participate in the democratic process of electing class Student Council Members.


Student Council representatives act on behalf of the classes they represent and feedback to classes after each meeting.


All children contribute to creating a “Class rules charter” when they start their new classes.


Our curriculum gives children opportunities to debate big questions in the world around them.


Children follow the behaviour System

 The Rule of Law

School and classroom rules reinforced daily


Children introduced to E-safety rules


Excellent behaviour and learning is praised and celebrated.


Visits from local police officers

Individual Liberty

Children learn about the importance of individual rights and liberty through aspects of the curriculum.

Year 6 children take part in Junior Good Citizen. Through experiencing a range of real life situations in a safe environment, they learn about road safety, hazards, the Countryside Code and how to report an emergency.


Mutual respect and


of those with different faiths and beliefs

Children learn about a range of religions through the RE curriculum.

PSHE Jigsaw Scheme focuses on respect for others and looks at celebrating difference and challenging stereotypes.

Remembrance Day Assembly

As a school we celebrate a range of celebrations from different faiths and cultures, exploring associated artwork, music and food

(e.g. Eid Party, Christmas, Chinese New Year, Diwali)

Anti-bullying week teaches children to recognise different types of bullying and empowers them to know how to act if they see or experience bullying.