PSHE and British Values

PSHE and Fundamental British Values

The DfE have recently reinforced the need  “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs”.

At Ratby Primary School we value the diversity of backgrounds of all pupils, families and the wider school community and are committed to the academic, personal, social, moral and emotional development of all our pupils. Our school is a safe, caring, stimulating learning environment where the effort and achievement of every single child is celebrated and valued. In working closely with pupils, parents and the wider community our team encourage children to develop into confident and compassionate young people with a strong sense of belonging. All pupils experience a relevant, vibrant and broad curriculum that supports and challenges them to reach their full potential. We aim to nurture motivated learners who have the self-belief and independence to achieve excellence and succeed.
At Ratby Primary School we aim to promote and reflect British Values in all that we do. We pride ourselves on a whole school approach to promoting the spiritual, moral, cultural and social development of our pupils.
Our Cornerstones Curriculum puts SMSC and Fundamental British Values at the heart of everything our pupils do. Many of our Imaginative Learning Projects promote aspects of SMSC and FBV. For example, in Year 1 children learn about right, wrong, rules and laws in the exciting ‘Superheroes’ project. Whilst in Year 5 pupils learn about people from another culture in the lively ‘Rio de Vida’ topic.

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Cornerstones Pedagogy SMSC

Cornerstones Smsc Skills Promote Fundamental British Values

At Ratby, we actively promote British values in the following ways:


  • All children are encouraged to debate topics of interest, express their views and make a meaningful contribution to the running of the school on matters that directly involve pupils. Children also have the opportunity to have their voices heard through pupil questionnaires, pupil surveys and family group sessions.
  • The principle of democracy is explored in the curriculum as well as during assemblies and theme days.
  • Members of the School Council as well as House and Vice Captains are voted for by the the pupils each year and work hard to promote tolerance and understanding through school events and the many fantastic fund-raising opportunities that take place. As members of the School Council, they are responsible for deciding how funds raised are spent through our nominated Charity ‘Oxfam Unwrapped’.
  • Our school behaviour policy involves rewards which the pupils have discussed.
  • Ratby Primary School pupils have had active involvement in the selection processes of new teaching staff and support staff.


  • Our school rules were formed through discussions with our School Council, having discussed ideas with their fellow class members and presented their views to the Senior Leadership Team.
  • School rules and expectations are clear, fair and regularly promoted.
  • Pupils are always helped to distinguish right from wrong, in the classroom, during assemblies, PSHE lessons and circule time as well as in the playground.
  • Pupils are encouraged to respect the law and Ratby enjoys visits from authorities such as the Police, Fire Service, Ambulance, etc. to help reinforce this message. Pupils in Year 6 visit the Warning Zone in Leicester each year where they learn about their social responsivity.
  • The Behaviour and Anti-Bullying policies set out a zero tolerance baseline for any form of aggression, abuse or violence, which extends to pupils, staff and parents and carers
  • The school has twice received Leicestershire’s ‘Beyond Bullying Award’ for its promotion of Anti-Bullying strategies and the promotion of a safe, secure and happy environment in school.
  • In 2017, the school received Leicestershire’s E-Safety Award, which amongst other achievements recognised the schools’ work in promoting strategies to tackle cyber-bullying.


  • Within school, pupils are actively encouraged, and given the freedom to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. eg. by signing up for extra-curricular clubs.
  • Pupils are supported to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence.
  • Pupils are encouraged to take responsibility for their behaviour and our pastoral support reinforces the importance of making the right choices.
  • Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our e-safety teaching and PSHE lessons.
  • Vulnerable pupils are protected and stereotypes challenged. A strong anti-bullying culture is embedded in the school and any form of bullying is challenged and addressed. The school governing body has taken an active role in this and the results of a whole-school pupil survey were widely published. The school also operates a robust system of logging incidents.
  • Pupils have key roles and responsibilities in school e.g. Year 6 Playground Buddies, Peer Stars etc.
  • The school has enjoyed visits from the NSPCC.
  • The pupils have a choice of Extra Curricular clubs, a choice in Golden Time activities.
  • Within lessons pupils are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning and make choices in order to challenge themselves further.
  • The children have choices to make even in our school meal ordering system.


  • Respect is one of the core values of our school. The pupils know and understand that it is expected that respect is shown to everyone, adults and children.
  • Pupils are helped to acquire an understanding of, and respect for, their own and other cultures and ways of life.
  • Staff and pupils are encouraged to challenge prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour.
  • Links and visits are promoted with local faith communities and places of worship. e.g. Members of different faiths or religions are invited to school to share their knowledge and enhance learning within assemblies and in class or pupils are taken to visit places of worship.
  • Through the PSHE and RE curriculums pupils are encouraged to discuss and respect differences between people, such as differences of faith, ethnicity, disability, gender or sexuality and differences of family situations.
  • Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudiced-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE and PSHE and circle time activities..
  • We offer a culturally rich and diverse curriculum in which all major religions are studied and respected and global dimension work embedded in many of our Creative Curriculum topics. These curriculum topics offer children the chance to reflect on our core values and British values.
  • This year we took part in the UNICEF World’s Largest Lesson Campaign.
  • Whisper is used as online reporting tool within school for pupils to access if they feel unable to report any forms of abuse to a member of staff in person

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