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British Values

British Values At St Monica’s


Intent and Vision


At St Monica’s, we develop and promote British Values throughout our school and within our curriculum. As a school, we deliver a curriculum that is accessible to all and ensures that each of our children will be able to have an understanding of how to play a positive and successful role within our society and wider world, both as a child and as a future adult in modern Britain.

We implement our British Values through whole school assemblies, our PSHE curriculum and day to day life. The pupils at St Monica’s remember their British Values using the mnemonic ‘DR TIM’ and can confidently talk about these.


British Values


  • Democracy
  • Rule of Law
  • Tolerance for those of different faiths and beliefs
  • Individual Liberty
  • Mutual Respect


Our School Aims


As a school, we value and celebrate the diverse nature of everyone at St Monica’s. Our school community has a wide and varied range of family backgrounds and life experiences. It is important that we build upon these experiences as these will provide us with an understanding of the diversity in our country in terms of race, religion and relationships. Through this understanding, we intend to develop tolerant, respectful young people, prepared for their future lives.


Through whole school assemblies and into the classroom, we aim to provide our pupils with an enriched understanding of these British Values. Providing the children with real life examples gives them a better understanding of how we show these in our school. Each classroom has a British Values display which is referred to in class discussions and through curriculum links.


How do we evidence each value at St Monicas?


British Value



  • Our School Council is elected based on a democracy whereby candidates make speeches, pupils consider characteristics important for an elected representative and pupils vote in secret. Made up of one representative from each class, the School Council meets regularly to discuss issues raised. The Council are actively involved in working with Mr Gouldbourne.
  • Pupils are always listened to by adults and are taught to listen carefully to each other, respecting the right of every individual to have their opinions and voices heard.
  • Parents’ opinions are welcomed at St Monica’s through methods such as questionnaires, parents’ evenings and opportunities to comment on whole school matters with the Headteacher and class teachers.

Rule of Law 

  • The importance of rules and laws, whether they be those that govern our school or our country, are referred to and reinforced often, such as in assemblies and when reflecting on behaviour choices.
  • At the start of the school year, each class discusses the school rules and class routines, principles that are clearly understood by all and seen to be necessary to ensure that every class member is able to learn in a safe and ordered environment.
  • Visits from authorities such as the police and fire service whereby the children understand rules and the consequences of breaking these. 
  • Gangs workshop for Year 6 pupils.  
  • Cycling Proficiency lessons enable children to understand the rules of the road and the potential dangers encountered should they break those rules.
  • During PSHE, children learn about rewards and consequences in the topic of ‘Being me in my own world’
  • Behaviour Policy

Tolerance for those of different faiths and beliefs 

  • Our pupils know and understand that it is expected that respect is shown to everyone and to everything, whatever differences we may have.
  • Children learn that their behaviour choices have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community are encouraged to treat each other with respect.
  • Through Religious Education, PSHE and other lessons, pupils develop awareness and appreciation of other cultures. 
  • Celebrating cultural differences through themed assemblies such as Black History Month. 
  • Each day, our pupils show respect as we take part in prayer and worship as a class and as a whole school. 

Individual Liberty

  • Our pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are taught how to exercise these safely, such as in our PSHE JIGSAW lessons. We use the JIGSAW resource across the whole school which also links to our assemblies.
  • Prayer and Liturgy is used to both explore and support the school’s value of Faith. 
  • St Monica’s Mindset: Showing resilience. The ability to recover from setbacks and persist in the face of difficulties.

Mutual Respect

  • We have high expectations of achievement and behaviour. Children and staff are polite and kind to each other. 
  • We listen and respect each other through good modelling between staff and children. We teach the children that conflict will be dealt with calmly and fairly. All members of the school family are valued equally. 
  • We celebrate each other’s achievements in our school assemblies through our Hearts and Spirits Awards, hot chocolate Friday, linked to showing a core Value. 
  • Class Dojo used to reward respect in our classroom, being polite in the corridors. 

Evidence of British Values

British Values Displays