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Holy Family And St Michael's Catholic Primary School

British Values and Radicalisation


British Values & Radicalisation

The DfE have recently reinforced the need to “correct 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 this academic year.


As of September 2018 21% of pupils attending Holy Family and St Michael’s Catholic Primary School speak English as an additional language and so in our school, we believe that our children have a firm understanding of Britain as a multicultural society. The children are given the opportunity to explore the issue of diversity within a safe learning environment, in which controversial questions can be raised and concerns can be voiced, without fear or reprimand or ridicule.


Embedded by our Catholic ethos, we believe, and we encourage our children to believe that people should treat everyone with respect, whatever their race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, special need or disability. By building self-esteem, children are encouraged to stand firm and be positive about others and not be influenced by any negative peer pressure they may encounter.


A key part of life at Holy Family and St Michael’s are the daily Collective Worships, as well as assemblies, which uphold traditional values or empathy, respect and tolerance, through weekly teachings of the Jesus Christ, as well as Britain in the 21st century. These are also taught within our weekly Ethos Statements (Statements to Live By), PSHE and RE lessons and on an informal nature throughout the school days.


One of the distinctive ways we reinforce British Values regularly at Holy Family and St Michael’s, is through our weekly ‘Ethos Statements’ (or statements to live by) listed below:


  1. We are all special.
  2. I can say one good thing about myself.
  3. I can say how I feel.
  4. I can laugh and have fun.
  5. I know what to do if I see anyone being hurt.
  6. I understand that rights match responsibility.
  7. I try to stand up for myself and others without hurting others.
  8. I try to be just and fair.
  9. I can tell you who I look after myself.
  10. I think before I make choices that affect my health.
  11. I can work, play and rest and pray each day.
  12. Simple things can make us happy.
  13. I try to love others as I love myself.
  14. I try to follow our school and classroom rules.
  15. I know I belong to a community that includes my school.
  16. I know we are happiest when we are united.
  17. I listen to what you say. I show that I am listening to you.
  18. I co-operate with others in work and play.
  19. I try to use words that make the world a better place. (Please, sorry, thank you).
  20. I try to appreciate the beauty and the wonder in the world around me.
  21. I know that it is ok for me to make mistakes.
  22. I can learn from my mistakes and failures.
  23. I try to keep going when things are difficult and not give up hope.
  24. I know what humility means.
  25. I know when to ask for help and who to ask for help from.
  26. I can recognise comfortable and uncomfortable feelings.
  27. I know how to help others when they are in trouble.
  28. I understand what trust means.
  29. I try to forgive people when they hurt me.
  30. I try to accept forgiveness from others.
  31. I know how to show I am sorry.
  32. I understand the importance of peace.
  33. I know what human dignity means and I show that I respect others.
  34. I stand up for people who are being treated unfairly.
  35. I notice that we are the same and we are different.
  36. I try to be accepting of others.


These statements are rooted by nine guided principles of our Catholic Christian faith but also enable us to value the diverse beliefs, ethnic backgrounds and religions within Britain, in 2015.

Five key aspects of British values are listed below, with examples of how Holy Family and St Michael’s School incorporates those into our daily school life:


The importance of Laws, whether they by those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout the regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through School Collective Worship. 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 Police, Fire Service etc. are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message.


Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy has resolved around Core Values such as ‘Respect’, and pupils have been part of discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown. All members of the school community treat each other with respect. Displays around the school promote respect for others and this is reiterated through our classroom and learning rules, as well as our behaviour policy.

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs   

This is achieved through enhancing pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE and PSHE. Members of different faiths or religions and those who speak languages other than English, are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. Other Faiths are also linked into our Catholic RE KS2 Program of Study ‘The Way, the Truth and the Life’, see below. Each class is allocated another faith to learn about in detail.

Mutual Respect

Within schools, 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 young girls to make choices safely, through provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand, and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safety, for example through our E-Safety Week. Whether it is through choice of challenge, of how they record, of participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.

The Rule of Law

Democracy is ubiquitous within the school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council, which are also voted and chosen by the children. Pupil questionnaires are completed on an annual basis to ensure pupils have a voice and their suggestions are acted upon.



The Way, The Truth & The Life


Overview of Syllabus – Links with Other Faiths


Year Group

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Year 3

The Christian Family




Mary, Our Mother


Significance of Shepherds & Wise Men in Judaism




Called to Change


Jewish Day of Atonement

Yom Kippur







The Sabbath for Jews



Celebrating Easter & Pentecost

Jewish feast of Pentecost



Being a Christian


St Paul, the Pharisee

Year 4




The Bible



Jewish Scriptures

Trust in God




Jesus, the Teacher


The Temples & Synagogues

Jesus, the Saviour

Mission of the Church




Belonging to the Church


Other Faiths within communities

Year 5

Gifts from God




The Commandments


Ten Commandments

Inspirational People




Life in the Risen Jesus


Prayer in Islam






People of Other Faiths






Year 6

The Kingdom of God





 Mohandas Gandhi


Prophet Muhammad



Jesus, Son of God



Jesus, the Bread of Life

The Work of the Apostles



Called to Serve





Belonging to the church prayer

Dear God,

We thank you for you being part of our lives we love belonging with you. We all come together as a community to praise and rejoice to our lord God.

At school we realise how we learn about our lord God and Jesus Christ, it pushes us more into believing in you and to have more faith. 

Please look out for our family and friends because people can trust you as you created people, animals and earth.

We love our lord God around us who created heaven and earth.

We love to spread God’s word about loving and caring of one another. Our love can spread your love around the world of what you have given us.

We can spread peace, love and happiness to the world.



British Values Assembly

Year 5 lead a school assembly around the rule of the law, it created a lot of discussion and an interesting debate.