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British Values

British Values at Ash Grove

Position Statement

Ash Grove is a very welcoming and inclusive learning community where all members are supported to be the very best that they can be. To achieve this, we use elements of Restorative Practice and have adopted its values as our school’s own values:

  • Empowerment

  • Respect

  • Honesty

  • Acceptance

  • Responsibility

  • Mutual accountability


We believe that we promote British Values largely through ‘our way of being’.


British Values are defined as:

  • Democracy

  • Rule of law

  • Individual liberty

  • Respect and tolerance


At Ash Grove we maximise every opportunity to promote British Values in everything we do for all of our children, regardless of their background or heritage. Our focus on social, moral, spiritual and cultural learning in lessons is also key to the success of ensuring these values are promoted across the curriculum. Britishness is encouraged so that our children can learn and develop in the country they live in.

Pupil Voice ensures that our children exercise their democratic rights and feel part of big decisions within the school. Children vote for their School Council representatives. In addition, we encourage children to become leaders e.g. Play Leaders; PE and Sport Leaders.

Our revised Behaviour Policy is a very strong one and is regularly celebrated for its positive outcomes. It ensures that our behaviour expectations are clear. We aim to ensure that all children respect and uphold the rules and can see the difference between right and wrong. We have adopted the Restorative Practice values to underpin this policy and they have become our school values which adults and children hold.

Ash Grove actively promotes the tolerance of different faiths and beliefs through its RE teaching, wider curriculum and assemblies.

All staff and children are asked to challenge those who express opinions that conflict with the school’s values and these British Values.







Radicalisation and Extremism

The school believes and actively supports the view that all children and their siblings and relatives should be protected from radicalisation and extremism. Our approach to this is in line with the Government’s CONTEST (the counter terrorist strategy) and PREVENT (stopping people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism) strategies.

Radicalisation is the process by which people come to support terrorism and extremism, and in some cases, participate in terrorist groups. Extremism is the vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values. We learn that extremism is not associated with any one particular religion or belief.

Our 100% commitment to excellence in safeguarding children means we are vigilant to monitoring vulnerability to radicalisation including:

  • Family tensions

  • Sense of isolation

  • Migration

  • Distance from cultural heritage

  • Children Missing Education

  • Experience of racism or discrimination

  • Feeling of failure



    Ofsted will look for evidence of: (from Inspection Handbook Sept 2015)

    Acceptance and engagement with the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs; the pupils develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain


    Evidencing our British Values


British Value

Restorative Practice Values

How Demonstrated




  • Children elect school council class representatives who attend regular meetings and feedback.
  • Pupil Voice gathered through surveys, pupil interviews and circles, and outcomes shared in assemblies.

Children help to make decisions and contribute to school improvement


Rule of Law

  • Strong Positive Behaviour Policy

Calm, positive, purposeful, learning environment

Every Day Behaviour

Rewards and consequences



Individual Liberty

  • Language of choice part of restorative practice approach
  • Children are encouraged to be independent in their thinking and to have and grow their talents


Children can talk about the impact of the actions (positive or negative) on other members of the community


Respect and Tolerance

  • Curriculum learning opportunities
  • Visits to different members of our own and other communities
  • Parental engagement
  • Values embedded in our Behaviour Policy in practice

inclusive learning community

RE within the Curriculum

Assemblies and celebrations