British Values

In 2011, the government defined British Values as: democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.

At Essendene Lodge these values are at the heart of our ethos as they underpin the development of essential skills needed to become independent and responsible members of society. Such opportunities are not only explored in class; they run through every fibre of being an Essendene pupil. As such, they are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:


Links to school values: Tolerance, Understanding, Cultural development.

  • School Council representatives are elected.
  • Curriculum focus – children understand how power has changed over the years with a link to history in:
    • Humanities lessons
    • Class charters
    • Pupils vote for class treats
    • Pupil voice surveys
    • In-house voting system for general election
    • Visits to the Houses of Parliament.


The rule of law 

Links to school values: Pupils encouraged to stand up for what’s right, Cooperation, Moral development.

  • Internet safety Rules when playing games
  • Assemblies
  • Through experience and teaching
  • Behaviour Policy
  • Playground rules, School rules – positive outcomes – certificates, awards, class treats, celebration assemblies and ceremonies.
  • Worry box – to express concern about any aspect of school.
  • Children learn the difference between right and wrong and boundaries.
  • PSHE
    • police /fire service visits
    • Circle timeClass rules – these are discussed and then agreed so all children understand the school’s expectations.
    • Playground rules, School rules – positive outcomes – certificates, awards, class treats, celebration assemblies and ceremonies.
    • Worry box – to express concern about any aspect of school.
    • Wellbeing sessions help children to understand and control their emotions to prevent issues arising.
    • Philosophy lessons/circle time encourage the development of reasoned views to understand our way is not the only way.


Individual liberty 

Links to school values: Respect, Trust, Courage-trying new things, Resilience.

  • Good modelling from adults in school.
  • Playground pals lead activities.
  • Assemblies celebrate achievements and children are encouraged to feel part of everyone’s success, not just their own.
  • The Spring Concert celebrates the different things we are good at and others enjoy these differences.
  • Malawi – twinning project.
  • Class rules.
  • Class expectations – when someone speaks, everyone listens.
  • The children work and socialise with those from different backgrounds (Whitgift Week). Willingness to participate in community settings by volunteering (Fundraising, Harvest Festival).


Mutual respect 

Links to school values: Friendship, Cooperation, Respect, Social development.

  • PSHE – Specific unit – Good to be me.
  • All have a voice – freedom of speech.
  • Pupils trusted to access library freely.
  • School is adapted so that every child can function as individually as possible.
  • Focus on positive rather than negative behaviour.
  • Freedom to pursue interests through extra –curricular activities both during and at the end of the day.
  • Freedom to take part in events such as sporting activities and Drama Festivals.
  • Where possible, tasks are left open so children can choose how to present their work. Freedom of choice – choosing own activities during break, lunch and wet play.
  • ICT curriculum – eSafety lessons / Safer Internet Day.
  • Freedom to try new things on day trips and residential holidays.


Tolerance of faith and different beliefs

Links to school values: Friendship, Anti-bullying, Respect, Spiritual development.

  • E curriculum – children reflect on their own beliefs that inform their interests and respect for different faiths.
  • Themed days celebrate other cultures and celebrations (Diwali, Chinese New Year).
  • Class and school assemblies include stories and celebrations from a variety of faiths and cultures.
  • Malawi – twinning project.
  • Shared experiences within class – circle time.
  • Celebrating differences through religious teaching and PSHEE.
  • Discussing terrorism and ensuring that children understand the facts, not the myths.
  • Anti-bullying week – drama and PSHEE lessons explore the issues.