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British Values

British Values Week at North and South Cowton

Our school are having a British Values week. Class 1 started off looking at and modelling the flags of the countries which make up the UK. As you can see from the photographs.

Class 1 then started to look at how voting works in the UK by reading the blurb of 3 books and choosing, by voting, their favourite book to share at the end of the day.  Reception children placed a cube in the pot next to their favourite book.  Year 1 pupils made a tally mark on a piece of paper next to their favourite while Year 2 pupils produced a written vote explaining why they had chosen their favourite book.


Preparing Children for Life in Modern Britain

At North and South Cowton Community Primary School we take seriously our responsibility to prepare children for life in modern Britain. We ensure that the fundamental British Values are introduced, discussed and lived out through the ethos and work of the school. All curriculum areas further understanding of these concepts and our RE, PSHE and Citizenship lessons provide excellent opportunities to deepen and develop understanding.

British Value Statement Evidence Impact

Mutual Respect

and the

Tolerance of

those with

different Faiths

and Beliefs


Mutual respect is promoted as one of the core values of our school and underpins the whole ethos of the school. The pupils know and understand that respect is shown to everyone, whatever differences we may have. We pay explicit attention to this as part of our RE, PHSE, and SMSC curriculum.

The importance of respect is discussed deeply, starting with self-respect and covering respect for family, friends, and other groups; the world, its peoples; and the environment.

·         School Behaviour policy

·         PSHE Planning

·         Daily Collective Worship.

·         RE curriculum RE planning and


·         Outstanding Citizen’s Charter

·         The wider global curriculum, learning how other children live.

·         Visitors to school such as Childline, community police officers.

·         Learning walks for behaviour and

behaviour for learning.

·         Pupil Council fundraising

·         Ofsted Reports and Governor monitoring visits

Children can articulate why respect is important; how they show respect to others and how they feel about it for themselves.

Children’s behaviour demonstrates their good understanding of this value in action.

Children are able to talk about the different faiths and cultures they learn about, ask questions and show tolerance and respect for others of different faiths and religions.

Pupils can articulate how the lives of children in other countries differ from their own.


The children of North and South Cowton CP School see democracy borne out in a wide variety of ways and recognise this as being an essential component of successful team working. They have many opportunities to have their voice heard and impact upon school life. e.g Pupils discuss and influence their class rules, they plan activities for homework and suggest lines of enquiry for our creative curriculum and Open Afternoons.

The principle of democracy is explored through many areas of the curriculum such as fair play in sporting activities, choosing roles for the plays, and organising team/group working in class.

The election of the pupil council representatives models the democratic process.

Our KS2 children hold debates, with other schools in our cluster and in class.

·         Pupil council notes

·         Class rules

·         Fund raising activities

·         After school activities and events

·         Records of PSHE Sessions / Collective Worship.

·         Forest School photos

·         Photos of Open Afternoons

·         Photos of debates

Children are able to work cooperatively in pairs and groups as well as in whole class situations. They understand about turn

taking and respecting the views of others.

Children are able to use the language of respect.

Rule of Law

The recognition that laws are a necessary part of successful community living is something that pupils are exposed to from the very start of their educational journey with us. We have a Code of Conduct that is agreed by all pupils and staff alike at the beginning of every year. They are familiar with the concept through the discussion of core values and, in RE lessons, the idea that different religions have guiding principles.

Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws and rules, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws/rules are broken.

Visits from authorities such as the community police and fire service are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message . Our Behaviour and Anti Bullying policies set out a zero tolerance for any form of aggression, abuse or violence and this is consistently applied by all. The school runs a CEOP workshop on cyber bullying and internet safety every 2 years. Each year the Year 6 take part in the NYCC Crucial Crew event.

·         Class Rules

·         School Code of Conduct

·         Observations of Learning Behaviours and School Values

·         PSHE/Citizenship lessons on the role of law and parliament

·         Pupil Council meetings

·         Collective Worship.

·         RE planning and work.

·         Learning Walks for behaviour and

behaviour for learning

·         Records of visits

Children are able to articulate how and why we need to behave in school, recognise the impact their actions can have on others and demonstrate they understand and can abide by our school Code of Conduct.

They are able to discuss and debate philosophical issues in relation to these.




 Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. Children are strongly encouraged to develop independence in learning and to think for themselves. We give our pupils a range of responsibilities around the school. For example, supporting the younger pupils at playtimes, supporting the children at intra school sports competitions and classroom monitors.

Pupils are supported to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence in all areas of school work. Assemblies and class discussions are often based upon individual Core Values encouraging pupil responsibility, resourcefulness, resilience, respect, reflection and reasoning.

Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely. Pupils are given the freedom to make choices, e.g. signing up for extra-curricular clubs, choose the level of challenge in some lessons and are becoming increasingly more involved in child-led learning. The aims, ethos and vision statement are embodied in all that we do in our school.

Vulnerable pupils are protected and stereotypes challenged.  A strong anti-bullying culture is embedded in the school such that any form of bullying is challenged and addressed.

·         Code of Conduct

·         Outstanding Citizen’s charter

·         Pupil Council meetings

·         Collective Worship.

·         RE planning and books/folders.

·         Pupils are given opportunities for choice through: choice of challenge within a lesson; choice of how they record; or choice of participation in extra-curricular clubs and sporting or other opportunities.

·         Planning for E-Safety and PSHCE lessons; SEAL activities.

·         Day to day conversations, expectations and modelling of behaviours.

·         Key roles and responsibilities in school e.g. Class responsibilities, reading partners, sports leaders.

·         Having their say in the employment of staff

Children are able to show independence in learning and to think for themselves.

Children understand about the importance of accepting responsibility and of their right to be heard in school.

They are consulted on many aspects of school life and demonstrate independence of thought and action.

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