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King's Hedges Educational Federation

Excellence, achieved through care, creativity and challenge.

Northfield Avenue, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB4 2HU

01223 518330

British Values

Living In Britain Today

Britain is a culturally rich and diverse place. At King’s Hedges Primary School we have children and adults working together, from different faith groups, or none, as well as from a huge variety of communities and backgrounds. We are an inclusive school and enjoy this diversity, celebrating with the children similarity and difference. We want all our pupils to be ready to engage in our multicultural and vibrant world as responsible citizens. This starts with working and playing together and upholding commonly agreed rules which promote the well-being and high achievement for all.

What Are British Values?

Within school we teach and uphold ‘British values’ as defined by the Department for Education:

  • mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
  • individual liberty
  • democracy
  • the rule of law

(Prevent Strategy 2011)

These values are, of course, upheld by many different communities around the world. We will actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to British values, including ‘extremist’ views.

Promoting British Values

We promote these values through our own school aims and values, school curriculum and enrichment opportunities. The values link to the articles written in the UNICEF Convention of Rights of the Child. (/


How we promote it


Article 12

Every child has the right to have a say in all matters affecting them, and to have their views taken seriously.

  • An elected School Council-standing for office and voting after Hustings promotes and teaches about democracy and the electoral process. Also voting in of House Captains and regular House meetings across the school
  • The School Council can work on bringing about change in school as their ideas will be looked at with SLT, thoughts fed back at class level and ideas from classes taken to SC
  • The democratic process is looked at through assemblies and visits from local councillors/MPs
  • Choosing class rules together
  • Democracy is also promoted through PSHE lessons
  • PSHE/Philosophy used as vehicles to democracy and the alternatives in pupil friendly speak
  • Geography and History curriculums that teach about communities, past and present
  • Pupils surveys and involvement in running of school eg when appointing new staff
  • Staff listen to the opinions or pupils and parents

The rule of Law

Article 13

Every child must be free to say what they think and to seek and receive all kinds of information, as long as it is within the law.

  • A very efficient and easily understood behaviour policy used throughout the school.
  • A reward system for exhibiting exemplary behaviour.
  • Classroom rules negotiated and agreed upon by classes at the beginning of each school year.
  • A strong moral code is encouraged throughout the school-knowing right from wrong and knowing how to reflect upon and change behaviours if necessary.
  • Children involved in handling behaviour issues at playtimes.
  • A School Charter, written by pupils and agreed upon by classes each year.
  • PSHE/Philosophy used as vehicles to discuss rules and the consequences breaking rules.
  • Regular visits by the PSCO to lead assemblies or work in the classrooms.
  • Good sportsmanship is taught and celebrated and ‘fair play’ always encouraged in school and when we enter competitions.

 Individual Liberty

Article 14

Every child has the right to think and believe what they want and to practise their religion, as long as they are not stopping other people from enjoying their rights. Governments must respect the rights of parents to give their children information about this right.

  • We celebrate our individuality and what makes us special as soon as we meet the children on home visits in Nursery and from then on.
  • We encourage children and families to share their own cultural and family traditions with us.
  • Safeguarding for ourselves as individuals is always high on our school agenda. This includes how to stay safe out and about, in the home and on line/using phones-all children write and review a personalized ‘network of safety’.
  • E-safety work across the year groups.
  • Visits from NSPCC help embed safety issues.
  • Clubs and after School Activities-a huge percentage of our children attend either before school, lunchtime or after school club-following their interests and making choices.
  • Clubs have been requested by pupils.
  • Philosophy: it is all about making informed choices and acting with personal liberty.
  • Behaviour policy which teaches about consequences.
  • Individual Assertive Mentoring and target setting with pupils.

Mutual Respect...

Article 15

Every child has the right to meet with other children and to join groups and organisations, as long as this does not stop other people from enjoying their rights.


 Article 29

Education must develop every child’s personality, talents and abilities to the full. It must encourage the child’s respect for human rights, as well as respect for their parents, their own and other cultures, and the environment.






  • A School Charter, written by pupils and agreed upon by classes each year, based on RESPECT
  • Classes write their own ‘Code of Conduct’ and these usually express mutual respect for all
  • Lunch Hall manners
  • Equality policies
  • ‘Houses’ for pupils encourage mutual respect for pupils across year groups
  • Assemblies to inform and equip pupils to understand and show mutual respect to all people, eg The School Council wanted to run an assembly on Autism to inform others
  • ‘Fairness’ and ‘Friendship’ - commonly occurring themes in Philosophy
  • Regular opportunities for pupils to reflect upon their work and learning
  • Fundraising for Comic Relief and Children in Need as well as more local charities is regularly done through the initiatives of pupils eg Jimmy’s Night Shelter and The Cambridge Food Bank
  • International links to different schools in Europe and to Labec Academy in Ghana
  • Excellent relationships modelled by all staff in school
  • Conflict resolution used at lunchtimes
  • Inclusion in PE and all lessons
  • Lunchtime use of Scrap Store
  • Fun things such as learning how to answer the register in the different languages represented in your class
  • Dual language books reflecting different cultures
  • Teaching of Spanish and Spanish culture
  • ‘Philosophy Corner’ questions in Home School Learning-all answers are welcomed when backed up by some thinking
  • Working together and providing feedback that will be listened to
  • ‘Anti-bullying/Kindness Projects
  • Year 5 and 6 helpers, Playground Leaders and Playtime Buddies
  • SMSC throughout the school
  • Our Annual Art Exhibition
  • Regular Festivals of sport/inter-house competitions
  • Links with other schools including St Laurence Roman Catholic School and The Perse School

...and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs

Article 2

The Convention applies to everyone: whatever their race, religion or abilities, whatever they think or say, whatever type of family they come from.


Article 15

Every child has the right to meet with other children and to join groups and organisations, as long as this does not stop other people from enjoying their rights.

  • High expectations of behaviour and pupil conduct in and around school and out of school too
  • Policies on: Behaviour, Equality, Diversity and Cohesion
  • Racial /Homophobic incidents-although rare-are dealt with by SMT and logged
  • Cooperation/team building and celebration of all are common themes in PSHE and Philosophy. In addition ideas around: citizenship, stereotypes, positive relationships and individuality are covered
  • Cambridgeshire RE syllabus which teaches about religions and experiences in religions but which also allows for reflection and personal thought
  • We welcome visitors of different faiths in to our school to share experiences eg a Muslim mum and a C of E vicar shared a morning explaining how babies are welcomed into faith groups
  • Local places of worship are visited
  • Different celebrations are shared in assemblies throughout the year eg Harvest, Christmas, Chinese New Year, Eid and Diwali
  • SMSC throughout the school