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British Values

The DfE have reinforced the need to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values:

  • democracy
  • the rule of law
  • individual liberty
  • mutual respect
  • tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.


These are values that have a central place in the way our children learn and in the content of our curriculum at Gaddesden Row. Our PSHE curriculum dedicates a half term each year for all children to learn about the British Values.


However, this is only a small part of what happens at our school! 

  • The children learn about, and practise, democracy through visits (to the Houses of Parliament) and visitors, through having their own voices heard, and voting for what happens in their school. 
  • We learn about the importance of laws in the class, the school and the wider community, through the exercise of a fair behaviour policy and opportunities for discussion in PSHE and assemblies. 
  • Children at our school are encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment, and this way develop their understanding of individual liberty.  They learn about rights and personal freedoms and the responsibilities that come with choice.
  • Our behaviour policy is built around the need for all members of the community to show respect to each other; we use restorative principles in the way adults interact with children.
  • Our PSHE and RE curriculum seek to enhance pupils' understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society, along with discussions, visits, visitors and the modelling of a tolerant and accepting attitude.

Values based education - assemblies and collective worship