How do we promote British Values at Bourton Meadow Academy?

How do we promote British Values at Bourton Meadow Academy?

Each half term, we use our main school values of Friendship, Honesty, Determination, Aspiration, Respect and Responsibility to guide our assemblies, PSHEE and Religious Education teaching, and our Philosophy sessions in order to enable both children and staff to explore and reflect on as individuals and as a whole school. Our values are also embedded throughout areas of our curriculum teaching which can be observed in the classroom and evidenced through our displays which use pink arrows to demonstrate where we have thought about or discussed our values and/or the British values.

Other ways in which we explore, promote and celebrate the British Values are detailed in the table below.

British Value

How we explore, promote and celebrate each British Value at Bourton Meadow Academy


  • School councillors are elected by their peers following a democratic process; children are asked to put themselves forward as candidates by preparing a speech on why they should be elected by their peers before a blind vote is conducted
  • Pupil Voice members are elected by their peers following  a democratic process
  • House captains are elected by their peers following  a democratic process
  • In class voting; children are asked to vote on reward time, school council and pupil voice initiatives and house reward time
  • In lesson voting; children are asked to debate, argue, persuade and justify for and against all subject areas

Rule of Law

  • Class Promises are made at the beginning of each school year and signed by each pupil
  • Home / School agreement signed by parents and pupils when a pupil first begins school 
  • All Children are aware of our behaviour expectations which are continually shared and revisited in lessons, PSHEE circle time, Philosophy sessions, assemblies and throughout discussions with children when expectations are not met. All behaviours are looked upon as a sign of communication
  • Adherence to the academy Positive Behaviour Policy
  •  Time to restore sheets are completed with each pupil when a behaviour expectation has not been met to ensure they understand what the behaviour looked like, why it took place and reflect on how they can make it better
  • Behaviour plans used for individual pupils who demonstrate persistent negative behaviours to identify specific target areas that once monitored and  improved will help to make a positive difference to their behaviour
  • Curriculum teaching in History, RE, PSHEE and Philosophy
  • Encouragement of turn taking during discussions 
  • School links with the local community including Police, Ambulance Service and Fire Brigade

Individual Liberty

  • Everyone is given their chance to speak and feels as though they have been listened to and valued for what they have to say. This is underpinned in the restorative approach within the academy Positive Behaviour Policy.
  • Responsibilities as class and school monitors alongside Year 6 Guardian roles to demonstrate independence
  • Philosophy teaching being given the freedom of speech, thought, ide and enquiry
  • Enterprise week in Year 6

Mutual Respect

  • One of our school values re-visited throughout the school year in a variety of ways such as assemblies, Philosophy teaching, RE and PSHEE
  • Demonstrating respect for our 5 learning and 5 social behaviours
  • Teaching and encouraging key communication skills
  • Encouragement of turn taking during discussions 
  • Daily pastoral care of children’s needs
  • Adherence to the academy’s Positive Behaviour Policy
  • All adults continually modelling respect in their daily interactions with children and adults
  • Engagement within competitive sport both inside and outside of school and how we always show respect to our competitors

Tolerance of those with different faiths  

and beliefs


  • Whole school ethos of how everyone is different but we are all working towards a shared goal
  • All faiths and beliefs studied and celebrated through assemblies and cultural theme days  
  • Children and parents encouraged to share their faith and beliefs with whole school
  • Encouraging tolerant behaviours such as the sharing and respecting of peers opinion
  • Church assemblies
  • Visits to local places of worship
  • African drumming
  • RE teaching
  • Our academy Equality Policy
  • Resources and activities that challenge gender, cultural and racial stereotyping

Being British

  • History teaching including: timelines, significant events and people that have shaped how we live today
  • Geography teaching looking at the physical and human features of the United Kingdom
  • Assemblies and Philosophy sessions that explore global issues linked to the United Kingdom and related discussions of similarities and differences between our experiences, values and behaviours in relation to those of other people living in other countries. Saint days (England/Scotland/Wales/Ireland), Faith festivals (special importance given to Easter, Christmas and Harvest. British cultural traditions e.g. Bonfire Night. Remembrance Day.

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