British Values

British Values

It is a statutory requirement of schools to promote British values. So what are British values? According to Ofsted, Fundamental British values are: democracy; the rule of law; individual liberty; mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith. However, long before the government asked all British schools to teach fundamental British values, Etwall Primary School have been  promoting these values through our own values, curriculum and enrichment. Examples of this include: school council, digital leaders, eco-council, assemblies,  high expectations of behaviour, citizenship, R-time, circle time, anti-bullying work, Online Safety work,  pupil of the week, citizen of the week, mini leaders, lunch time helpers, marking and celebrating key religious festivals and opportunities to visit places of worship. We will continue  to keep you updated on our work  and endeavour to develop our children into responsible and respectful individuals.  

The Department for Education stresses 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
  • Mutual Respect
  • Tolerance of those different faiths & beliefs


We have a school council which meets at least twicw every term.  Children vote for 1 boy and 1 girl to represent each year class.  

Our Governing Body is comprised of elected representatives from the staff, parents, local authority, community and church; they meet approximately monthly with the Headteacher. 

We actively invite parents and carers for their views throughout the year; the Headteacher is available on the playground at the start of the school day and leaves time free at the beginning and end of each day for parents; questionnaires are distributed to parents and carers at our biannual Parents' Evenings and pupils are asked to complete questionnaires.  A summary of the findings and resulting actions are publicised in school.

Rule of Law

Before starting school, children, parents and the Headteacher commit to our Home School Agreement.  School Golden Rules are reviewed with the children at the start of each academic year and children agree on class rules with their teacher. 

Lunchtime Supervisors promote Playground Golden Rules for fair and happy playtimes.

Visits from the local fire service and our Police Community Support Officer reinforce the need for laws and how they protect the community. 


Individual Liberty

We aim to provide a supportive environment within which children and staff can make informed choices and voice their opinions.  We have a Worry Box in each classroom if children need to voice any concerns. At playtimes children are free to choose playground games and activities.  We teach children about their personal rights and freedoms and how to be safe in collective worship, PSHCE and Online Safety sessions.

Mutual Respect

Our children know the importance of respect and actively demonstate this through respecting those around them and sensitively responding to events around the world. Through R-Time activities, we further develop the skills of a good citizen, recognizing that our children need to be prepared for the modern Britain in which we live.  Children learn about specific British celebrations, events and commemorations through history topics and Collective Worship.  For example,  children's work was displayed in the local church to commemerate WW1;  Remembrance Day 1 minute silence is observed every year.  For the Diamond Jubilee, children researched key events in Queen Elizabeth's reign and produced portraits of the Queen and made portraits for a hall display.  The village of Etwall is a patriotic village.  To mark the war's centenary the school took part in the village's celebrations at St. Helen's Church. We have recently celebrated the Queen's 90th birthday.

Tolerance of those of different Faiths & Beliefs

Our assemblies and PSHCE lessons reinforce messages of tolerance and respect for others.  We mark key celebrations from different faiths in assemblies, which are then often followed up in class.  Children visit the Open Centre in Derby to learn about the Sikh, Islam and Hindu faiths and we have been visited by members of the nearby Tara Kadampa centre to explore the Buddhist faith. The children have also visited the Tara Kadampa Centre. We have good links with St Helen's church. where every year, we deliver a Christmas and Easter concert. 

Wednesday, 7th June 2016
We celebrated the Queen's 90th birthday. The event included an assembly delivered by Rev. Fiona from St Helen's Church. Rev. Fiona presented to all the children a book which explained about the Queen and her 90 years.  We also held a tea party in the hall. 
Thursday, 19th January 2017
Reverend Fiona delivered an assembly today to all children, highlighting the importance of treating everybody in the same way as we would like to be treated, and doing for others the same things that we would want them to do for us. Children shared their thoughts on this message and displayed a  caring and understanding manner. Children and adults were able to come away from the assembly with a reminder of a key value by which we should all behave.   
Chinese New Year 
Monday, 30th January 2017

As the Year of the Monkey ended January 2017, Chinese people around the world were preparing to welcome the Year of the Rooster. Children at Etwall Primary School have celebrated this festival for several years and are becoming quite the experts as they move through the school. It was a good opportunity to gain an insight into a community that is part of UK culture and an event celebrated by children at our school. As our children know the importance of understanding and respecting diversity, they all enjoyed participating in activities to help them along the way to becoming little Chinese New Year  experts. At the end of the day, all classes were proud to showcase their learning from an exciting day in school. 

St. David's Day
Wednesday, 1st March 2107
St David's Day is celebrated in Wales and by Welsh people throughout the world on 1st March. Etwall Primary School children marked this event with activities which helped them learn about Saint David. Children enjoyed learning about St. David's commitment to Christianity, and hugely support his much important view that we must all work together in creating a kind and caring world. 
Monday, 20th March 2017
Reverend Fiona visited our school today and delivered an assembly about the importance of charity. She helped the children to understand what it means to not only love your own family and friends, but to also love others too. Children shared their understanding about charity, and we reflected on our work for our school's chosen charity: Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity. We ended our assembly with a prayer thanking God for helping us to help others. 
Week beginning 15th June 2017
Well Dressing Festival 2017 
Etwall Primary School are very proud to present their Well Dressing. Well Dressing is a tradition which dates back to 1970, and an important part of Etwall village's sense of identity. The well dressing was designed  by children attending Etwall Primary School, and we would like to hugely thank all those who helped to turn the  design in to a wonderful piece of art work.  
Wednesday, 7th and Thursday, 8th June 2107
EPS Democracy and General Election Day 2017
We have been working hard to understand the process of a UK general election and how the decisions that voters make decide how our country is run. We learnt why it is important to vote. Children took part in  role play activities in which political candidates tried to persuade children how to use their vote. In our hall, we set up a polling  station and all children cast a vote. The votes were counted, and the results were announced in an assembly. The learning experience helped children gain an insight into how UK General Elections work.
Thursday, 22nd June 2017
Rule of Law Day
Today, all classes had a visit from two  Police Community Support Officers (PCSO). They helped us to learn about the role of the police in stopping crime and keeping us all safe. It was agreed by all children that seeing Police officers makes us feel safer and that they are there to help us and support us. Children enjoyed exploring a police car; looking at and discussing the equipment inside a police car. In addition to this, children learned about the importance of having rules and how laws in our country are made. 
December 2017
Our Friends in India
We have new friends in India! A few weeks back, Ospreys and Eagles made cards to mark Guru Nanak's Birthday (First Guru of the Sikh religion) and posted them out to our new friends. Our friends in India received the cards, and were pleased that our children new so much about their religion, and about a key festival which is important to them.  
This week, we received Christmas cards from them; the children were very excited on receiving the cards. They thoroughly enjoyed sharing them with each other and chatting about how good the English was, and were particularly impressed with the drawings of Santa. 
We are very excited about having new friends in a different country and we look forward to building strong relationships which will allow all children , here and there, a valuable  opportunity to learn  from each other. 
May 2018
Etwall Well Dressing
Etwall village  has staged an annual Well Dressing Festival on the third weekend in May since 1970. The Well Dressing Festival attracts visitors from far and wide and is a major source of the village’s sense of identity.  Etwall Primary School's well dressing is designed by the children and then produced and mounted by members of the community with some help from the children. Each class in school also designs and creates a mini well dressing. This year's well dressing celebrates 100 years for women's vote.  The event raises money for prominent local charities and contributes substantially to the local community.
Visit to Normanton Road and the Mosque.
June 2018
Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 children had a fabulous time on our visit. Children  learned some fascinating facts about Islam and the festival of Ramadan, and had a go at writing in Arabic. They really enjoyed trying on some traditional muslim clothes! Through visiting the mosque, we learned how similar a lot of the world religions are and what special places mosques are to Muslims, just as churches are to Christians and synagogues to Jews. It was fascinating to see how many different places of worship there are in the area, and how much we can all learn from each other. It was a very worthwhile, enjoyable and interesting visit and helped us to be respecting and accepting of other cultures. 
School Council 2018-19
Meet our School Council members. Children have been elected by their peers to represent them and their views. 
November 2018 WW1 centenary
We Will Remember Them
To mark the World War I centenary we contributed to an event hosted by  St Helen’s Church.  St Helen’s Church  organised an exhibition to reflect on and show thanks for the contribution of the WW1 generation, and the impact that their sacrifices have had on our lives today and to celebrate “Peace and Freedom”. All classes learned about World War 1 and worked hard to create a pieces of work, which created a display of our thoughts and thanks. Children were honoured to be part of such an important event and displayed a respectful and empathetic manner. 

Anti-Bullying Week 2018: Choose Respect

To further develop our work on respecting those around us and responding to the importance of anti- bullying, all classes worked on and reinforced: 
  • The definition of respect.

  • That bullying is a behaviour choice.

  • That we can respectfully disagree with each other i.e. we don’t have to be best friends or always agree with each other but we do have to respect each other.

  • That we all need to choose to respect each other both face to face and online.

Wednesday 20th March 2019
Reception children found out about the Festival of colour - Holi. They threw coloured powders at the cut out of a person. Then the children watched a clip about how Hindus celebrate Holi and completed a quiz.