British Values

This page aims to summarise how, as a school community, Carleton Green helps its pupils to develop “British values”. The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy. At Carleton Green these values are reinforced regularly.

At Carleton Green, we actively encourage all of our pupils to be healthy, respectful, tolerant members of our school, local community and wider world. We promote the importance of respecting fundamental British Values and use lessons across the curriculum lessons as opportunities for teaching about life in modern Britain while encouraging pupils to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative and understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of others.

Our whole school assemblies are focused on promoting British Values, encouraging self-esteem, developing an awareness of the wider world and celebrating achievement and diverse festivals. PSHE and RE are taught weekly, however teachers and LSAs also offer vast opportunities across the curriculum for the values to be reinforced.

At Carleton Green, we are very proud of our CARLETON CODE which underpins our values as a school and mirrors many areas promoted by British Values. Carleton Green children strive to earn stamps on their passport to be rewarded with a badge that they proudly wear on their school jumper. Every July, one child from each class is awarded a certificate for each area of the CARLETON CODE for displaying outstanding behaviour in that area.


Achieve full potential

Responsible and Reliable

Lifelong Learner 

Energetic and Healthy




At Carleton Green, we agree with the Department for Education's five -part definition of British Values:

  • Democracy
  • The Rule of the Law
  • Individual Liberty
  • Mutual Respect
  • Tolerance of those of different Faiths and Beliefs

This year we will also be taking part in special British Value days to learn more about each value.


At Carleton Green democracy is taken very seriously. Children are actively encouraged to have a voice and share their views and opinions regularly. Our active school council is one such example. Every September, we have class elections where candidates pitch their election manifesto to the rest of their class. A secret ballot ensues and the results are announced. The children thoroughly enjoy this process and have great respect for the outcomes. The school council representatives (two per class from Reception to Year 6) meet every few weeks and take the ideas from the meeting back to their classes for discussion. The minutes from the meeting are shared with each class. We also use a voting system to select our eco committee, sports council and our class novels.

During transition week, every child also contributes their ideas to the composition of their own class charter. This sets ground rules for classroom conduct and establishes the standards of behaviour children can expect from each other over the year ahead.

Election of our Head Boy and Girl
School Council
Eco- Committee
Sports Council
Voting for our class novel
Taking turns with our peers
Learning about Democracy in Britain


Rule of the Law

The importance of laws, whether they are those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout our school day. Our 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. Class Charters and the Carleton Code are displayed in all classrooms and are referred to regularly. Throughout the year, we also have visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service help reinforce this important message.

Clear school rules and expectations
Learning about human rights and the rights of a child
Implementing and developing our classroom charters
Police and Fire visits
Understanding our behaviour policy

Individual Liberty

At Carleton Green, all children are actively encouraged to make their own decisions and choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young children to take risks and make choices safely. Children are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and PSHE lessons. Whether it be through choice of learning challenge, how they record their learning, their school meal choice or participation in one of our extra-curricular clubs, all children are given the freedom to make safe choices and decisions. Individual Liberty is also evident in our Pupil voice. Our pupils are regularly given the opportunity to talk about different aspects of school life.

Learning about freedom and choice
Our RE curriculum
Extra-curricular provision
Learning about human rights and the rights of a child
Kindness Postbox
Pupil Voice

Mutual Respect

Mutual respect is reinforced throughout all aspects of school life at Carleton Green. All children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. Through Equality and Diversity Days, E-Safety Days and Anti- Bullying week, the children are taught to value differences in themselves and others and most importantly to show respect to all. All members of our school community treat each other with respect.

Celebrating and learning about different festivals
Theme weeks including E-Safety and Anti-Bullying Week
Learning about different charities and taking part in charity events
Our PSHE and RE curriculum


Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

Carleton Green is situated in an area which is not culturally diverse, therefore we place a great emphasis on promoting diversity with the children. Assemblies are regularly planned to address this issue either directly or through the inclusion of stories and celebrations from a variety of faiths and cultures. Our RE and PSHE teaching also reinforces this. Each year, the children explore a world faith alongside their learning about Christianity. By the time they leave us all children have learnt about the beliefs and practices in the following world faiths; Judaism, Sikhism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam. Throughout the year, members of different faiths or religions visit our school to share their knowledge and to enhance learning within all classes.

Our RE and PSHE curriculum
Visitors in school to learn about different faiths and religions
Visits to places of worship
Celebrating and learning about different festivals

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