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British Values

At Forsbrook CE Primary School we take very seriously our responsibility to prepare children for life in modern Britain. We value the ethnic backgrounds of all pupils and families and undertake a variety of events and lessons to celebrate and explore these alongside other cultures in our country.

We ensure that the fundamental British Values are introduced, discussed and lived out through the ethos and work of the school. All curriculum areas provide a vehicle for furthering understanding of these concepts. Our cross curricular approach provides excellent opportunities to deepen and develop understanding developing the spiritual, moral, social and cultural education of our children.

The school makes considerable efforts to ensure children have exposure to a wide experience beyond their local community during which these concepts are shown, through for example, sporting events, a range of visits and use of outdoor education centres. Their strong rooted values-based understanding gives them an excellent platform for embracing difference.

At Forsbrook, we value the voice of the child and promote democratic processes such as our school council whose members are voted for by the children. Ideas and events are planned and discussed with a chance for debate and putting forward points of view.

Children are given roles and responsibilities so that they are fully involved in all aspects of school life. For instance, our older children are play leaders and help to promote our core values. We expect all our children to be good role models for each other, which is encouraged through high expectations of behaviour.

Fundamental British Values



Statement Evidence Impact
  • The children at Forsbrook CE Primary experience democracy in a variety of ways and see this as being an essential component of successful team working
  • The establishment of a new School Council each year models the democratic process
  • School Council suggestion box
  • An annual pupil questionnaire Yearly vote for ‘model pupil’ award
  • Assemblies
  • Children are able to work co-operatively in pairs and groups as well as in whole class situations. They understand about turn taking and respecting the views of others.
  • Children in school and in KS2 particular are able to use the language of respect

Individual Liberty

Statement Evidence Impact
  • Our Values based discussions and acts of worship begin with discussion about the self, e.g. self-respect and self-worth in relation to the individual value so that children see that they are important in their own right. The philosophy of our teaching and learning places emphasis on the right to have our own thoughts and evidence based views
  • Children are strongly encouraged to develop independence in learning and to think for themselves
  • 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

The Rule of Law

Statement Evidence Impact
  • The children at Forsbrook CE Primary School are familiar with this concept through the philosophy that infuses the entire work of the school. They are familiar with the concept through the discussion of values and, in RE lessons, the idea that different religions have guiding principles
  • Children are used to debating and discussing laws/rules and their application.
  • Class Rules School Rules/Learning Behaviours
  • School Values
  • Lessons on the role of law and parliament
  • School Council meetings
  • Collective Worship
  • RE planning and work books
  • Children are able to articulate how and why we need to behave in school and demonstrate they understand and can abide by these
  • Children all know that they have rights and responsibilities
  • They are able to discuss and debate philosophical issues in relation to these

Mutual Respect & Tolerance of Other Faiths

Statement Evidence Impact
  • Respect is a fundamental school value, around which pivots much of the work of the school. We pay explicit attention to this as part of our RE, PHSE, and SMSC curriculum
  • Respect is a value that is discussed deeply, starting with self-respect and covering respect for family, friends, and other groups; the world and its people; and the environment
  • School Values
  • Records of Collective Worship
  • RE curriculum, RE planning and workbooks
  • Enrichment 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

Diverse and Inclusive Stories

Here at Forsbrook, we understand how important it is for children to have a realistic view of the wonderful world around them. It is vital that children are able to understand how others may be different to themselves and how each and every one of us is unique.

In each class, teachers have carefully selected stories that reflect diversity and inclusivity to share with their children. Books are read as end of day stories and can be freely explored by the children in their class reading areas.

Year Group Book Titles
  • Spreading My Wings
  • Hats of Faith
  • What happened to you?
  • My Daddies
  • Talking is not my thing
  • Can Bears ski?
Year 1
  • Look Up!
  • Little Glow
  • Leo and the Octopus
  • My Must Have Mum
  • Pirate Mums
  • Wanda’s Words got stuck
Year 2
  • My Beautiful Voice
  • The Most Exciting Eid
  • The Proudest Blue
  • Bear Shaped
  • Splash
  • Billy and the Beast
Year 3
  • Max and the Millions
  • Rumaysa
  • Shona the Word detective
Year 4
  • A robot squashed my teacher
  • Mayhem Mission
  • Rumaysa
Year 5
  • The Bubble Boy
  • The Secrets of Sam and Sam
  • The Breakfast Club Adventures
Year 6
  • Can you see me?
  • Check Mates
  • Danny Chung Does Not Do Maths

Enhancing Our Understanding of Democracy

To further enhance our pupils understanding of the British value of Democracy, every year on Polling Day children have the opportunity to vote for a special own clothes day. A special Polling Day voting booth is set up in school for the children to fully experience the occasion. Alongside voting for an own clothes day, the children vote for a charity as we are passionate about supporting our local charities. Each year, the winning charity that has been voted for by the children receives a cash donation.

Take a look at our voting cards for the Polling Days so far!

2022 Voting Card

2023 Voting Card

Remembrance Day 2023

We are blessed with the most lovely and respectful children here at Forsbrook. Having learnt all about the significance of Remembrance Day, they created beautiful poppy inspired artwork to decorate our school walkway. Children also wrote prayers to say thank you to the soldiers from WW1 and WW2.

A Royal Thank You!

A lovely member of our Forsbrook Family wrote a very special congratulations card to King Charles for his coronation. King Charles and Queen Camilla sent a reply back to say thank you! How lovely!



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