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British Values

Cultural and Spiritual - What It Means To Be British

Aims at Stobhillgate include:

  • Showing tolerance of and respect for the rights of others

  • Not undermining fundamental British values

  • Democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect

  • Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs

  • Ensuring that personal beliefs are not expressed in ways which exploit pupils’ vulnerability or might lead them to break the law.


Methodologies include:

  • Visits to museums, galleries, parks and projects which provide opportunities for children to make connections about their place, in the community they live in

  • Celebrating British history and identity

  • Seeing positive role models through sport, jobs, local MPs, competitions and many other ways

  • Behaviour and values

  • PSHE and Citizenship

  • Local trips such as walks, castles, Hindu temple and Indian restaurant, often related to the topics the children study and inspirational aspects which we always aim to include as well as ideas that come from the children themselves

  • Celebrating events such as Chinese New Year, Royal ‘special’ days, sports events such as the Olympics and World Cups, World Book Day and utilising assemblies to highlight these, for example, UNICEF across the academic year and the work they do

  • Understanding other cultures through topics and special days/weeks

  • Church visits for festivals such as Lifepath and other projects and visitors coming to talk to the children

  • School council

  • World War II as a topic in Key Stage Two including poppies

  • Jobs parents/others do in our community

  • Social history

  • Local shows and celebrations such as Glendale farming show

  • Working closely with our neighbouring special school

  • Thinking For Learning and Philosophy for Children

  • Nuero- Linguistic Programmes

  • Peer massage

We discuss British Values as part of our assemblies in school.  Here is a copy of the slideshow used for our discussions:

Picture News

In our commitment to developing our pupils critical literacy skills we have teamed up with 'Picture News' to help them with their understanding and appreciation of the news.


Each week in our Monday assembly we talk about and discuss current affairs developing our pupils global awareness. During this assembly we will also be discussing how the news story links to a key British value. The children then have time in class, later in the week, to discuss the issue. Additionally,  we will also share this with parents/carers to give you the opportunity to discuss the issue with your child. Please find attached this week’s question.

Here are some quick tips:

  • Initiate discussions about the news using the Picture News resources
  • Read and watch some news stories together from different sources
  • Find out what your child knows about the news and explore their understanding
  • Listen to what your child says and value their opinions
  • Explain simply and in a way that makes sense to them
  • Promote a habit of inquiry and make asking questions your child’s default setting
  • Help your child to spot “fake news” and how to fact-check.
  • Develop a news habit by accessing the news daily
  • Defuse bad news and offer reassurance
  • Protect your child from distressing and disturbing news.
  • Avoid repeated viewings of the same news event
  • Monitor your child’s exposure to the news


Discussing the news of the day doesn’t have to be formal but can be done naturally and casually in everyday moments such as on the way to school or preparing a meal. The important thing is to keep the conversation going about the news and make it a feature of your daily lives.


By working together we can help children become critical consumers of the news so that they are ‘news savvy’, articulate and confident citizens.