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British Values


 In November 2014, the DfE produced advice for schools on ' Promoting British values as part of SMG in school.'

 This document stated the need for school 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.’ At  St Maria Goretti Catholic Primary School, these values are    reinforced regularly and in the following ways:

 At St Maria Goretti Catholic Primary School, we develop and promote British Values throughout our school and within our curriculum and to ensure   our   children become valuable and fully rounded members of society who treat others with respect and leave school fully prepared for life in modern   Britain.


      British Values

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


   We strive to uphold these values which allows the children to develop;


  • An understanding of how citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process
  • An understanding that the freedom to hold other faiths and beliefs is protected in law
  • An acceptance that people having different faiths and beliefs to oneself (or having none) should be accepted and tolerated, and should not be the cause of discriminatory behaviour
  • An understanding of the importance or identifying and combating discrimination
  • The mission statement and aims of the school clearly reflect these values, and the whole school strives to uphold them.


  As a school, we value and celebrate the diverse heritages of every member of our school community. Alongside this, we value and celebrate being     part of Britain. In general terms, this means that we celebrate traditions and customs in the course of the year; for example, Harvest Festival during   the Autumn term and pantomimes at Christmas. We also value and celebrate national focusses including; Macmillan Coffee Morning, Roald Dahl   Day,  Chinese New Year and Safer Internet Day, with many more opportunities planned in throughout the year to collaborate with the wider        community and the world. We welcome visitors from other Faiths to help our learners to promote tolerance and respect of others in the wider society in life in Britain.


    Further to this, through our curriculum offer, the children learn about being part of Britain for example;


  • Our rivers, coasts and seaside holiday topics ensure that children have a better understanding of what Britain is, learning more about its coasts, rivers and mountains and where Britain is in relation to the rest of Europe and other countries in the world.
  • Key moments in British history are studied in history lessons including; Tudors and the Great Fire of London Along with significant historical figures such as Florence Nightingale
  • We have links with UCLAN and have enjoyed participating in 3 projects with Natural England. Our children work with researchers to survey about climate change and natural outdoor spaces.In 2022 we linked with a school in Polynesia to compare our climate and this year, 2023, we will also be teaming up with researchers from the University of East London to talk about brilliant Britain!


     Please click to view how British Values are evident at St Maria Goretti Catholic Primary School