British Values

Since September 2014, England’s 20,000 primary and secondary schools have been required to actively promote tolerance, fairness, respect for other faiths, and the rule of law and democracy.

At Lessness Heath we uphold and teach pupils about British Values which are defined as:

  • Democracy
  • Rule of Law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect
  • Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

We promote values through our six school values:

Respect, Responsibility, Perseverance, Co-operation, Honesty and Belonging

We value the backgrounds of all our pupils and families and we undertake a variety of events and lessons to celebrate these including collective acts of worship. We have found this approach to be enriching for everyone as it teaches tolerance and respect for the differences in our community and the wider world.

Underpinning all this, are a range of curriculum topics, which have strong links to the seven school values. In following the new RE curriculum, all pupils will learn in detail about key faiths and through this learning they will be taught to show respect for those faiths. Through History pupils are taught about significant periods in British History and are encouraged to identify these in chronological order.

School Council and Assessment Ambassadors

The school council is voted for annually and the children meet and undertake a number of activities which are followed up and fed back to the other children. Ambassadors meet half termly, following an agenda and taking minutes. Actions taken by the Pupil Governors are carried out in a democratic manner.Additionally, as part of the PSHE curriculum, students look at how to promote cooperation and tolerance through a variety of activities and discussions.

The importance of laws and rules, whether they are those that govern the class, the school or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days. Pupils are also 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.

They are encouraged to reflect on the choices they made when they are involved in an incident and think about the impact their behaviour has had on others. Visits from authorities such as the police and fire service help to reinforce this message.

To encourage and promote good behaviour, attitude and work, we have devised a reward system which is consistently followed throughout the school.

We are committed to praising children’s efforts. We try to praise the children informally, individually, during group work, in front of the whole class and the whole school. Children are rewarded not only for achievement in curriculum areas, but for behaviour and general adherence to the School Values.

Rewards and recognition are given in a variety of different ways. Pupils are actively encouraged to make choices at our school, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. Read more about weekly merits.

As a school we provide boundaries for our children to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and planned curriculum. Pupils 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 teaching. Pupils are given the freedom to make choices, e.g. signing up for extra-curricular clubs. They are also encouraged to play an active role in the running of the school and hold many responsibilities such as running the Ambassador assemblies.