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British Values



British Values statement

Merton Abbey Primary


The Department for Education state that the core British values are defined as:

  • Rule of law

  • Individual liberty

  • Mutual respect

  • Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs

At Merton Abbey Primary School one of our key aims are to prepare the children for life in modern Britain. We want our children to leave us as confident, respectful individuals who can participate fully in our society. We ensure that the fundamental British Values are introduced, discussed and experienced through the ethos and work of the school. All curriculum areas provide a vehicle for furthering understanding of these concepts and, in particular, our RE and PSHE lessons provide excellent opportunities to deepen and develop children’s understanding.



  • Each year classes discuss and choose their own classroom rules

  • Children regularly participate in democratic processes e.g. Head Boy/Girl elections

  • Our School Council, which is made of up elected members from each class in years 2 to 6, provides the children with the opportunity to feedback their thoughts and opinions as well as making decisions related to school initiatives

  • Our annual pupil surveys give pupils a voice and a chance to share their opinions

    Rule of Law

  • We have a clearly structured behaviour for learning policy which is shared with all stakeholders
  • Children understand how to make good behaviour choices, and that their actions have consequences
  • Assemblies and discussions in class focus on recognising the difference between right and wrong and visits from the Police and Fire Service help to reinforce these messages

   Individual Liberty

  • Within school, children are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment

  • The online-safety strand of the Computing Curriculum enables pupils to make choices in a safe manner, whilst the Religious Education curriculum encourages children to express what they personally believe about religion

  • Through our extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, children are able to make their own choices and express their preferences

    Mutual Respect

  • All classes follow the ‘You can do it’ programme, which encourages children to be organised, confident, respectful and resilient

  • Our assemblies reinforce the 5 ‘You can do it’ keys; encouraging discussion and debate of children’s ideas

  • Our PE curriculum encourages the values of sportsmanship, teamwork and fair play through practical learning opportunities

  • All adults in school model respectful behaviour

  • Children are given the opportunity to peer assess other children’s work and to give constructive feedback

  • All children participate in class assemblies and performances which foster a respect for one another

    Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs

  • We follow the Merton RE syllabus which provides a broad and balanced education on a range of different faiths, religions and cultures

  • Children from all faiths and religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes

  • The children visit places of worship that are important to different faiths

  • Whole school assemblies celebrate festivals from different religions through the year