British Values 2017-2018

At Northway we actively promote the British Values.  The fundamental British Values are:-

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

May/June 2018

The British values are continually promoted in all aspects of learning at Northway.   During this term, the children have been very busy and have had many opportunities for their voices to be heard.  The children are always listened to by the adults and have learnt to listen carefully and with concern to each other.       


The nursery chidren enjoyed celebrating the Royal Wedding.  They decorated their own crowns and tiaras and dressed up as princes and princesses. They then took part in their favourite circle time song, 'There was a princess long ago.' Fun was had by all!

Year 1

Following the Royal wedding at the weekend, year 1 have taken part in a Royal Wedding quiz. The children shared their knowledge about the Royals before putting what they know to test to see how many they would score. 

Following this, the children voted for their class champion for ‘Resilience’. The children thought really hard about who has been resilient this half term before sharing their thoughts with Miss Jones. The votes will be counted and revealed in Fridays reward assembly.

Year 2

Democracy- Year 2 voting for values champion of the week!   


Year 3/4

In year 3/4 we voted for the person we feel has been the most resilient in school this half term.

Year 4

Year 4 have also been busy taking care of the school grounds during science week and built nests together for the birds.  The children had to listen to each other's views and opinions as to how best to do this and they understood that they all had a voice and that each person's thoughts were important.  


Year 5/6

Year 5/6 exercising their right to have their say, using democracy to vote for values champion for the week for the week.  

Year 6

In year 6 we have been discussing what it means to be resilient and voting for a values champion in our class who has shown this during this half term.

January 2018

The infants enjoyed a visit from a theatre company called  'Fairy Tales Live.' They enjoyed interactive stories that brought our knowledge of traditional tales alive.  Learning to work and communicate with other adults from outside our school community is important to us.  The team encouraged us to develop our speaking and listening skills and to express ourselves clearly.  What a wonderful time had by all! 

Our visitors commented on the outstanding behaviour and attitude of our pupils.  




Dec 2017 - Democracy - The Big Vote


The Big Vote


At Northway we teach our children to understand and respect democracy.  The children are encouraged to take an active part in democratic processes and learn that they have a voice and will be listened to. 

During this half term, children across our school have been taking part in ‘The Big Vote.’  

The Big Vote is an opportunity for all primary aged children to contribute in a vote to discover the issue of greatest concern to the nation’s children and to take part in a national campaign to make things better.    

It has been organised by the Citizen Foundation – a charity based in London that inspires young people to take part in society as equal members.  They help the children to understand about law, politics and democratic life.  The children learn that acting together can have a bigger impact than acting alone and that the more people who express concern and take action the greater the power.   

The children have been given a choice of up to ten issues and are in the process of a secret ballot voting on the topic that concerns them the most.


        The Big Vote Ballot Paper

         Put a X beside your choice




Supporting the elderly 



Animal Welfare 



Regeneration of local area or amenity 



Endangered animals 



Children’s well being 






Anti-social behaviour 



The Environment 



Road Safety




This is a great opportunity for your children to see that they have important views about the kind of world that they wish to grow up in. 

Once the main concern is identified from all participating schools, the charity will work with focus groups of children and relevant charities and organisations, to create a plan of social action to bring the issue to the attention of our political representatives. 


What will be the main concern here at Northway?   

Keep posted!  Voting will end of Wednesday 29th November.


January 2018

Results of Big Vote!!!!  

The results from the Big Vote show that the issue of biggest concern to children at Northway was: 

ANIMAL WELWARE!  Children in each class have enjoyed discussing the different issues in more depth and talked about how our actions can affect others and the wider community.  Thank you everyone for your contribution!!!  

  KS2 pupils have been busy selling poppies to support the armed forces and remember those who sacrificed themselves to secure and protect our freedom.  




The British Values are reinforced and encorporated into all areas of the curriculum across the school.  We created a joint display to show how the values are already a part of our daily routine. 

Democracy - In Nursery, we encourage the children to understand that their views and opinions count.  We voted on what the children wanted for snack by a show of hands.  We then created a shopping list of food items.



Individual Liberty -The children are encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment.   They select their own activities and resources.



The Rule of Law - In Nursery, the children learn to understand that our 'Golden Rules' keep us safe and happy.  They love to roleplay being 'teacher' and recite the rules! 


We have a special song to remind us of the rules!

Mutual Respect and Tolerance of Different Faiths and Beliefs - We were fortunate to have a very important visitor into our school!!


Paralympic footballer Roy Turnham (and Pudsey) 

We enjoyed a special assembly led by Roy in which he talked about his life and his career in sport.  Despite being born blind, Roy has never led his disability stop him from achieving his goals. 

In Nursery, we learnt about how we are all unique, with different views, needs and interests.  We created people templates using a variety of sensory resources and made biscuits to represent our individual characteristics.






We designed 'Me Bags' to tell our teachers and friends about our likes and interests.



 Each class has a value that they promote around the school.  

In Reception our class value is ‘respect for others.’  We work hard to ensure every member of the class is treated fairly and with respect.  This term we have been working hard to share with others and make sure everyone feels included and happy in our class.




Democracy - We have been thinking about our class rules. We made some rules to make sure that our class is the best place to learn. When we keep our rules all feel happy and safe.



Reception had our first vote to decide who would be our values champion of the term!

In year 1, our class value is ‘Rule of law’.  We understand and promote the need for rules in our class to keep us safe and happy in school.  We have shown this by promising to be kind to one another with our rules.  These rules are to have: kind hands, kind hearts, kind lips and kind feet.  This means that as a class we all respect one another and treat each other nicely.


In Year 1/2, our class value is individual liberty. We discussed how we are all actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that we are in a safe and supportive environment. We are encouraged to know, understand and exercise our rights and we are given the freedom to make choices in a variety of ways. For example, we our encouraged to voice our views in lessons, we vote for the School Council and Rights Respecting School representatives and we have a choice of activities to take part in during Golden Play.



In Year 2, our class value is ‘Democracy’. We discussed that this means everybody having an equal say when making important decisions. We show this when we vote for our class ‘Values Champ’ every half term and when choosing who we want to represent us in School Council and The Rights Respecting Council.




At Northway we believe that it is important to educate children in their ability to make informed decisions. The children frequently vote on various issues each term and we have used the General Election to further their understanding of a democracy. Across the school the children have been making their own manifestos and discussing what changes they would like to make. The children voted for their favourite manifesto in each class and the winning pupils will be going to the school council to share their ideas.


As part of our endeavour to equip children with all the skills that they need to become responsible and respectful citizens of our society, we have dedicated a week to building self- confidence, self- belief and self- respect. We will become members of a rock band and perform to our parents to show them all that we have learnt about how special we are and how we can have a positive impact on others around us. 


Promoting Fundamental British Values across the curriculum at Northway

We have been reviewing and adding in new ways to support the children's understanding of how they can make a positive impact on the world through the promotion of the British Values.





Promoting Fundamental British Values at Northway


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, rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”

Citizens of the UK are encouraged to:

• Respect and obey the law

• Respect the rights of others, including their right to their own opinions

• Treat others with fairness

• Look after yourself and your family

• Look after the area in which you live and the environment

At Northway we believe our school values and our Mission Statement, as well as our enriching curriculum and extra- curricular activities, fully supports these fundamental British values. We are committed to promoting these in the following ways:

Let your values grow.

Each class has a value that they promote around the school. We share our achievements on the values tree and talk about how we have helped our values to take root and grow within our school.


Democracy is rife within our school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard though our School Council and pupil questionnaires. Our school behaviour policy involves rewards which the pupils have contributed to. The school is clear in demonstrating how pupils should contribute and cooperate and consider the views and needs of others. The School Council meets regularly and takes part in decision making on a range of topics.

The Rule of Law:

All staff members have high expectations of the children in our school. The importance of laws and rules are consistently reinforced in the classroom, as well as through school assemblies. Pupils are taught to understand the need for laws- that they are there for individual protection, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. We are working towards the achievement of the Unicef Rights Respecting Schools Award in which children explore the importance of laws and how they protect children around the world. Pupils follow a positive behaviour policy and clearly understand the rewards and sanctions that are used. Assemblies and discussions in class focus on recognising right from wrong. Moral issues discussed in PSHE and R.E lessons enable children to develop, at their level, their understanding of the rules of law.

Individual Liberty:

Within school pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for our pupils to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are taught how to use these to best effect. All pupils are keen to support charities, whether local, national or global. They are taught consideration for others through our PSHE and R.E curriculum. E-safety lessons enable the children to make choices in a safe manner.

Mutual Respect:


At Northway the values of respect and tolerance permeate all areas of school life. All staff demonstrate respect to everyone with whom they come into contact. They consistently model and promote the behaviours and attitudes that are the foundation of positive relationships. Our school ethos encourages everyone to consider and support each other and to celebrate the individuality of every member of our school community.

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:  


This is achieved through enhancing pupils’ understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society. Our R.E. curriculum, studies of other societies and cultures and assemblies promote the diversity of society and the right for each person to be respected and valued regardless of ability, gender, faith, heritage or race. Members of different faiths or religions are invited to school to share their knowledge and enhance learning within assemblies and in class.

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