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British Values

Promoting British Values at Robert Sandilands Primary School and Nursery

The DfE have 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.”

The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values have been reiterated by the Prime Minister.  At Robert Sandilands Primary School and Nursery, these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:


Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council (SCORS), House and Sport Captains, Pupil Voice (meeting between pupils and staff to discuss specific topics and share ideas) and Pupil Questionnaires. Elections for SCORS representatives are undertaken in each class. Children are always able to voice their opinions and we foster an environment where children are safe to disagree with each other.

The Rule of Law:

The importance of rules,  for the class, the school, or the country, are reinforced throughout the school day, with our Children’s Code of Conduct, Class Rules, Behaviour Policy as well as through our Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) programme and school assemblies. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws and that they protect us and keep us safe. They learn that everyone has  responsibilities  and that there are consequences when laws are broken. Visitors from the community help to reinforce this message.

Individual Liberty:

Our Mission Statement “Committed to developing the unique qualities of each child” is fundamental to our school ethos. Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make appropriate choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment.

Mutual Respect & Tolerance:

Respect and tolerance underpin the ethos of our school community.


The Robert Sandilands' Compass provides our School Community with a set of VALUES to support our children on their journey through school and promotes respect for differing beliefs, customs, life style choices and points of view. In our school community differences are accepted and celebrated.  Please open the documents below to explore The Robert Sandilands' Compass and an overview of our Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) coverage in the Vision for Enrichment Opportunities document.

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