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British Values

Prior’s Mill Church of England School is established upon Christian foundations, is living out the Christian faith and is committed to providing every child with an excellent education.

At Prior’s Mill, we believe in following the Government's guidelines:

  • "Schools should 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."
  • "Pupils must be encouraged to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance."
  • "It is expected that pupils should understand that while different people may hold different views about what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, all people living in England are subject to its law."

In line with Government requirements, Prior’s Mill CE Primary School has developed the curriculum in order to illustrate our commitment to ‘British Values’.  We value the diversity and differences of all our pupils and celebrate this through our culture, ethos, approach to lessons and our respectful relationships we promote.  Commitment and celebration of diversity makes us collectively stronger, tolerant and respectful to all.

We have a specific part of our curriculum that is devoted to British Values, this is entitled  ‘What it is to be British' and covers aspects of modern day Britain. The curriculum was put together in consultation with governors, staff and pupils and celebrates both local and National heritage.

Examples of this are:

In Key Stage 2, pupils this year will undertake a topic about World War 2 and its impact upon our society, then and now.  Remembrance Day is commemorated and a minute’s silence is observed. Throughout the school, a number of influential people and eras are studied in addition to a curriculum that supports all aspects of modern day Britain.

Recently, events such as the birth of Princess Charlotte and the Golden Jubilee were all celebrated in school. We combine these events with aspects of our PSHCE and SMSC programmes of study.

We have read the Government's Paper on "Promoting fundamental British values as part of SMSC in Schools" (November 2014). It outlines the Departmental advice for maintained schools from the Department for Education. Download the document

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