Promoting British Values at Oakwood Junior School

The DfE have recently reinforced the need “to create 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.”

At Oakwood Junior School these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:


We have a student council which meets every month to discuss issues raised in class council meetings. Every child on the student council is voted in by their class or year group after candidates present to their peers why they think they should be chosen. Additionally we have four teams and their captains and vice-captains are elected by the children in those teams.

The Rule of Law

The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced at Oakwood Junior School. Pupils are taught about the importance of following rules and about the value and reasons behind rules in a number of contexts within school.

Competitive sport is an important part of Oakwood Junior School and following the rules of the game is vital if the children are to be successful. This is reinforced as importantly as the skills required.

Individual Liberty

At Oakwood Junior School, children are allowed to make choices in a variety of situations, for example from choosing their own reading book to which is the best way for them to solve a calculation to what activity they prefer to do at lunchtime. This is in a context of knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. We provide opportunities for children to make informed choices and empower them to act on this. Pupils are encouraged to know and understand their individual liberties and freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our eSafety and PSHE lessons.

Mutual Respect

Mutual respect is at the heart of two of our attributes – ‘we respect and work well with each other, and ‘we look after our school and those in it’. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community and visitors to the school are expected to treat each other with respect.

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs

Although Oakwood Junior School has children from a predominately white British background, we actively promote diversity through our celebrations of different

faiths and cultures. Religious Education lessons and PSHE lessons reinforce messages of tolerance and respect for others. Members of different faiths and religions are encouraged

to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school, and the children visit place of worship that are important to different faiths in each of the four year groups.

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