British Values


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In accordance with The Department for Education we aim to actively promote British values in school to ensure young people leave school prepared for life in modern Britain. Pupils are encouraged to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance and 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.


We focus on the four key values throughout the year and also make clear and direct links to the RSE Policy document. 

Assemblies (2022-23 Academic year)

Assemblies are pre-receorded weekly and each class teacher follows up with discussions within their class throughout the week. The children become activley involved in the topics and fully engage with the discussions.

A few examples of topics covered:

  • friendships
  • keeing healthy
  • being resepectful
  • self belief
  • having aspirations



  • Democracy is very important in our school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council and regular pupil surveys. The elections of the members of our School Council are based solely on pupil votes.


The Rule of Law

  • The importance of laws, whether they are those that govern the class, the school or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout the school day, as well as when dealing with behaviour issues and through school assemblies. 

    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.  Visits from authorities such as the fire service and police service are part of our provision and help reinforce these messages


Individual Liberty

  • All of our pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school, we educate and provide boundaries for our pupils to make choices safely, through our provision of a safe environment and empowering education. 

    Pupils learn about their rights and personal freedoms and are encouraged to know, understand and exercise these through, for example, our values lessons and assemblies. 

Respect and Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs

  • Our school vision and aims – which underpin everything we do as a school – focus on the importance of all pupils and staff living our values, one of which is respect. Pupils are regularly involved in discussions related to what this means and how it is shown through our values lessons and assemblies. 
  • We enhance pupils’ understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society. Pupils are involved in assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying and learning in religious education and values lessons raises pupils’ awareness of those of different faiths and beliefs and importance of both respecting and showing tolerance towards these.


Key Life Skills

We promote and explore key life skills that the children need to develop throughout their years at Rivacre Valley Primary School and beyond. These will be explored and valued through our 'Rivacre dinosaurs'. These have been created by the children within the shcool. (See photos below of our dinosaurs)

  • Explorosaur - 'I explore everything around me and I'm curious to find out new things'
  • Askapartor - 'I ask questions and find things out'
  • Tryatops - 'I am resilient. I try my best and never give up
  • Stickosaurus - 'I stick at task, persevere and am proud'
  • Solvesaurus Rex - 'I work hard to solve problems'
  • Thinkodocus - 'I think carefully about what I learn'
  • Shareonyx - 'I share my ideas and resources'
  • Humourdocus - 'I can laugh at myself'
  • Orgasaur - 'I am responsible for organisisng myself, my equipment and my time
  • Confidactyl - 'I am confident in my own abilities'

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