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We actively British Values in school, whether in lessons or assemblies or the general ethos. We openly embrace the values of:
Being Part of Britain
Individual Liberty
Mutual Respect & Tolerance of those with other faiths and beliefs
Rule of Law

In June 2014, David Cameron emphasised the important role that British values can play in education. Further, how well a school promotes such values is an aspect of Ofsted’s inspection process.
At Stepney Primary, British values are promoted in so much of what we do, especially during our school assemblies, RE curriculum and PSHCE work. The values are integral to our long-standin ethos which complements British values and always has done.
As well as actively promoting British values, the opposite also applies: we would actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British values, including ‘extremist’ views. This is in line with our Positive Relationships Policy.
The term ‘British values’ might be slightly misleading in that these values are integral to so many countries throughout the world – they differ in no way from the values of most western European countries, for example.
Below are just a few examples of how we promote British values. The first section is a general overview; the others are specific expectations set out by Ofsted.
Schools are subject to a duty (Section 26, Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015) to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”. This duty is known as the Prevent duty. At the foot of this page there is some information to support parents in discussions about extremism and preventing radicalisation. 

Being Part of Britain
As a school, we value and celebrate the many diverse cultures, traditions, backgrounds and heritages of everybody at Stepney. Alongside this, we value and celebrate being part of Britain. In general terms, this means that we celebrate traditions, such as customs in the course of the year; for example, Remembrance during the Autumn term, and what could be more British than a trip to a pantomime around Christmas time! We also value and celebrate national events, whether it be a royal wedding or birthday (we've had some great Jubilee parties in the past!) or a national sporting event.
Further, children learn about being part of Britain from different specific perspectives. Two specific examples of when we teach about being part of Britain are:
Geographically: As part of the geography elements of our Thematic Units, staff ensure that children have a better understanding of what Britain is, learning more about:
- its capital cities and counties, its rivers and mountains
- how ‘Great Britain’ differs from ‘England’ and ‘the United Kingdom’
- where Britain is in relation to the rest of Europe and other countries in the world

Historically: Our Thematic Units focus on different aspects of our country's rich history, whether it be studying WWII from the perspective of Hull's endurance of the Blitz or the Tudor period. With pupils joining us from many different countries, they quickly gain a sense of British History and start feeling part of our culture.

Children, parents and staff have many opportunities for their voices to be heard at Stepney Primary. Democracy is central to how we operate. An obvious example is our School Council. The election of the School Council members reflects our British electoral system and demonstrates democracy in action. Made up of two representatives from each class, the School Council meets regularly to discuss issues raised by the different classes. The council is able to effect change within the school. Issues raised are then voted upon within each class. The Council have been involved in recruitment of staff.
Other pupils are involved in the International Pupil Council, which was set up by Mr Browning, our headteacher and Francis Mason from Freetown, Sierra Leone. Representatives from schools across both cities undertake projects across both countries.

Pupils are always listened to by adults and are taught to listen carefully and with concern to each other, respecting the right of every individual to have their opinions and voices heard. We encourage pupils to take ownership of not only their school but also of their own learning and progress. This encourages a hightened sense of both personal and social responsibility and is demonstrated on a daily basis by our pupils.

Individual Liberty
Alongside the Rule of Law, we promote freedom of choice and the right to respectfully express views and beliefs. Through the provision of a safe, supportive environment and empowering education, we provide boundaries for our young pupils to make choices safely; for example:
- choices about what learning challenge or activity
- choices about how they record their learning
- choices around the participation in extra-curricular activities
Our pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are taught how to exercise these safely, such as in our e-safety and PSHCE lessons.

Mutual Respect & Tolerance of those with other faiths and beliefs
Stepney Primary is in an area which is greatly culturally diverse and we are proud to promote and celebrate our different backgrounds and beliefs. Mutual respect is at the heart of our aims and ethos.
Our pupils know and understand that it is expected and imperative that respect is shown to everyone, whatever differences we may have, and to everything, whether it is a school resource, a religious belief or whatever. Children learn that their behaviour choices have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community should treat each other with respect.
Specific examples of how we at Stepney Primary enhance pupils understanding and respect for different faiths and beliefs are:
- through Religious Education, PSHCE and other lessons where we might develop awareness and appreciation of other cultures – in English through fiction and in Art by considering culture from other parts of the world, for example
- through out Thematic Units of study, where sometimes we will celebrate and enjoy learning about the differences in countries and cultures around the word (whilst at other times we might consider groups or individuals who might be vulnerable in some way, such as those with mental health issues).
Sadly, no school can guarantee that there will never be instances which are contrary to this value. At Stepney Primary, such instances are extremely rare. They are treated seriously in line with our Behavioural Policy.

Rule of Law
Each autumn, our year 6 class goes to London for a day. This involves visiting the Houses of Parliament to see our seat of government. As well as understanding how this democratic institution works, they take part in workshops to allow them to experience how 'laws are passed'.
The importance of the Rules of Law, whether they be those that govern our school or our country, are referred to and reinforced often, such as in assemblies and when reflecting on behaviour choices. At the start of the school year, each class discusses and sets its own Class Charter, a set of principles that are clearly understood by all and seen to be necessary to ensure that every class member is able to learn in a safe and ordered environment.
Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves, and the consequences when laws are broken. These values are reinforced in different ways:
- visits from authorities such as the police and fire service
- during Religious Education, when rules for particular faiths are thought about
- during other school subjects, where there is respect and appreciation for different rules – in a sports lesson, for example

Weekly British Values
We have been having a different ethos each week for years. These have been based on the SEAL programme that we have been following in PSHCE. Now, we have changed this to follow the British Values' agenda. This week the following posters may be seen in every classroom and the week's whole school assemblies are based on these. The second poster links the British Value of Mutual Respect and Tolerance with our RE themes about celebrating the festivals and customs of other religions and cultures around the world.

British Values & Ethos
Our Ethos for this week is:

Extremism & Prevent Duty
Something which is clearly not part of any British or European value is extremism. It is important to remember that whilst the threat from so-called Islamic State has been a focus in the Counter Terrorism and Security Act, the Prevent Duty is clear that extremism of all kinds should be tackled too. In England, far right groups such as Britain First and the English Defence League need to be tackled, too. Extremism is not a new topic in education, but schools have a relatively new statutory duty to pay “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism." All of our staff have had training on the new 'Prevent' duty that all schools need. This is about safeguarding children and young people from radicalisation.
Read the government’s Prevent duty guidance and its guidance for schools.

Educate Against Hate
You may have seen in the media that the Government have launched a new website to give practical advice on protecting young people from extremism and radicalisation. This site was officially launched by the Education secretary Nicky Morgan.

To find out more information about areas of the British Values agenda please look at these websites:

Educate Against Hate




Prevent 'Channel'



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Headteacher: Mr P Browning
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