The Department for Education 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

  • Mutual respect

  • Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs

At Woodlands Nursery and Infant school we value and celebrate the diverse ethnic backgrounds of our pupils, staff and parents. We undertake a variety of events and lessons to learn about other faiths and beliefs and this actively promotes tolerance and respect for the differences in our community and the wider world.

British Values are taught explicitly through Personal, Social, Health and Emotional (PSHE) and Religious Education (RE). We also teach British Values through delivering a broad and balanced curriculum which includes real opportunities for exploring these values.


Democracy is an important value at our school. All adults listen to the views of our pupils and value their opinions. We vote for our school leaders and those who will represent us such as school council members and head boys and girls. We also vote and take into account pupil voice on things we do in school.

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The Rule of Law

The importance of laws and rules, whether they are those that govern the class, the school or the country, are consistently reinforced at all times.

Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibility that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. If rules are broken, children are asked to identify which rule they have broken to ensure that this connection is made and is understood. Staff at Woodlands Nursery and Infant School promote positive behaviour by following policies consistently. Rewards are given at class level and during Pride Cup celebration assemblies.

Individual Liberty (Freedom)

Pupils are actively encouraged to be independent learners and to make choices at our school, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. They are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely, for example through PSHE and e-safety lessons. Pupils are given the freedom to make choices.

Tolerance of Those of Different Faiths and Beliefs

As a community, pupils are reminded of their place in a culturally diverse society. This is achieved through our Religious Education curriculum, PSHE and other areas of the curriculum. During RE lessons, pupils learn about other faiths and members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school.

Mutual Respect

All pupils are taught the importance of self-respect, honesty and fair play. During class lessons pupils learn collaboratively and are taught to value others’ opinions.

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