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Our British Values

Halam school has five fundamental values that underpin all our work. However in addition, from November 2014 the Government asked that all schools promote what it considered British values. Below is our interpretation of that guidance and how they are lived out at Halam School.

What are the British Values?

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

Britain is a democracy – this means that the people in Britain vote for the people who make the laws and decide how the country is run. If we didn’t have a democracy, just one person might be able to make all the laws and that would not be fair.

The rule of the law
In Britain, we have a police force who make sure people do not do the wrong thing and break the law – this means that we are safe.

Individual Liberty
In Britain, as long as we do not break the law, we can live as we choose to and have our own opinions about things.

Mutual Respect
We might not always agree with other people, but we try to show respect for their thoughts and feelings.
We can give respect to others and we can expect other people to show us respect.

Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
In Britain, we accept that other people might have different beliefs than ours and they may believe in different religions.

British Values at Halam
Halam school is committed to serving its community and surrounding areas. We recognise the multi- cultural, multi-faith nature of the United Kingdom and understand the crucial role our school plays in promoting these values. This statement outlines the key British Values we actively and regularly promote within the Curriculum and extra-curricular activities.

British Value What We Do


Children have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. We have a School Council which meets regularly to discuss issues raised in class council meetings.

We also have elections for House Captains who develop ideas from class discussions about raising money for a range of charities and causes.

The rule of law The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken.

Individual liberty

Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make choices safely, through provision of a safe environment and empowering education. 

Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and Anti-Bullying work.

Whether it be through choice of learning challenge, of how they record, of participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.

Mutual respect Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect.
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs Halam is situated in an area which is not greatly culturally diverse, therefore we place a great emphasis on promoting diversity with the children. Our RE teaching reinforce this. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. Children visit places of worship that are important to different faiths.