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British Values

What are British Values?

Ofsted version DfE version
Democracy Respect for democracy and support for participation In the democracy
The rule of law Respect for the basis on which the law is made and applies in England
Individual liberty Support and respect for the liberties of all within the law
Mutual respect and understanding of those with different faiths and beliefs Respect for and understanding

British Values at Hemlington Hall Academy

At Hemlington Hall Academy we uphold and teach pupils about British Values, which are defined as:

Understanding of those of different faiths and beliefs

These values are taught explicitly through Personal, Social, Health and Emotional (PSHE), and religious education (RE). We also teach British Values through planning and delivering a broad and balanced curriculum including through the Jigsaw Program, context planning and specialist weeks, such as One World Week.

The school takes opportunities to actively promote British Values through collective worship and whole school systems and structures such as electing and running successful school and Eco councils and the Peer Mentor Program. We also actively promote British Values through ensuring that our curriculum planning and delivery include real opportunities for exploring these values.

Promoting British Values

Here at Hemlington Hall Academy, British Values are encapsulated within our mission statement, key values and objectives and through Academy’s ethos and curriculum.


Children have many opportunities for the voices to be heard:

The rule of Law

School Rules – Clear and fair – reinforced throughout the school day by everyone, wherever they are in school.

Our system for behaviour such as ‘Rainbow’ in Early Years and early Key Stage 1 are aligned to an agreed set of rules and children are given verbal warnings. This is always set against the agreed school behaviour code. Children are asked to identify which aspect of the rules they have broken to ensure this connection is made and understood.

Expectations and behaviours are reinforced through... 

Individual Liberty

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Mutual Respect

Mutual respect is at the heart of our ethos and core values and based around core Christian Values such as ‘respect’ and ‘responsibility’. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect and it is actively promoted by all staff. We also implement a wider curriculum, including:

Understanding of those of different faiths and beliefs

Hemlington Hall Academy is situated in an area which is not greatly culturally diverse; therefore we place great emphasis on promoting diversity with the children.

At Hemlington Hall Academy we will actively challenge pupils, staff and parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views.