British Values

The DfE have reinforced the need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”

The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent strategy, and these values have been reiterated in 2014

At Dorchester Primary School we value and respect the diversity and backgrounds of all our pupils, families and the wider school community, these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways.

How we promote British Values at Dorchester Primary School:


  • School councillors elected for school council
  • Restorative practice
  • School/class charters
  • Vision and values
  • Direct teaching through the curriculum
  • Enterprise education

Rule of Law

  • Restorative practice circles
  • Behaviour policy
  • Classroom/school rules
  • High expectations and clear boundaries
  • Bikeability (safety and road rules)
  • Visits from community leaders (Police, Imam…)
  • Social rules – Sporting/friendship/class

Tolerance of Culture, Faith and Others

  • Accessibility policy
  • Celebration of different festivals (Harvest, Eid ..)
  • Visits to places of worship
  • International day
  • Disability equality/inclusion
  • Local, national and global charity work
  • Circles to reflect assembly themes

Mutual Respect

  • SEAL – Jigsaw
  • Sex and Relationships Education
  • E-safety
  • R.E. curriculum
  • Sports competitions
  • Restorative circles/reflection
  • Visits to places of worship
  • Marking policy – peer critique
  • Parents consultation
  • Class rules

Liberty and Personal Responsibility

  • Class charters
  • School and class rules
  • Pupil voice – circle time, feelings
  • Homework
  • Sports competitions
  • Commitment to extra-curricular activities
  • Keeping ourselves and others safe

‘We get the opportunity to make new friends’…

Pupil's comments

‘I like how the teachers are very nice. Dorchester is special to me’…

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‘I like it when Mr Mills comes and says “Hello” ‘…

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‘We learn something new every day and it’s really exciting and fun’…

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‘We like the teachers because they are really kind, smart, fair and helpful. They inspire us every day’…

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‘Every single person in the school is really friendly’…

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‘We love dinner times – the dinner ladies make lovely food’…

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‘I like it when we are learning new things’…

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‘Teachers make lessons fun’…

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‘At Dorchester, things are always fair’…

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‘Everyone is friendly and it’s a happy place’…

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