British Values

British Values and Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) Development

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?

The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy,and these values were reiterated last year. At Ryecroft Primary Academy these values are reinforced in many ways. British Values form an integral part of school life through daily experiences, interactions with staff, parents and pupils and through our curriculum provision.


Pupils have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. We have an elected school council which meets regularly to discuss issues raised in class and to focus on whole school projects. This year the school council has led a whole school assembly on democracy and met with a representative from the Academy Council.

The school council has worked to raise money for charities, an example of this is the sale of poppies and Children in Need merchandise.

The Rule of Law

The importance of law whether these govern the class, the school or the country are consistently reinforced throughout the school day. We do this when encouraging,promoting and role modelling positive behaviour, in assemblies and school events.Pupils are taught the value and reason behind the laws that govern and protectus, the responsibility which is involved, the notion of anarchy and the consequences and impact on others when laws are broken.

Individual Liberty

Within school pupils are actively encouraged to make choices knowing they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for pupils to make safe choices through the provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercisetheir rights and personal freedoms for example through assemblies, PSHE ande-safety lessons. Peer Mentors have been trained and support pupils in resolving friendship issues at playtime and lunch times. The introduction of the Peer Mentors has had a positive effect on behaviour.

Mutual Respect

Mutual respect is at the heart of all our values. Pupils learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and the rights of others. All members of the school community are expected to treat each other with respect and follow the golden rules.

Achievements are celebrated at Ryecroft with weekly celebration assemblies focusing on good examples of work and pupil conduct. In lessons children receive class Dojo points for good work. Children are also rewarded for sensible behaviour around the academy, with raffle tickets given, with a chance to win a trip to the Pizza Hut. Attendance awards are given out weekly and a termly raffle is drawn for children who have weekly 100% attendance.

Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

We are extremely lucky at Ryecroft in that the school community has a wide range of diversity, which we celebrate in many different ways. Assemblies and the curriculum are planned to address issues relating to prejudice (special educational needs, sexual orientation, sex, race, religion, gender and disability) directly or through the inclusion of stories and celebrations from a variety of faiths, cultures and through play. Ryecroft subscribe to Bradford's Interfaith programme, allowing the academy to plan educational visits, faith leader visits and loan resources, to support the teaching of R.E. Our PSHE, RE curriculum and teaching reinforces this. Pupils experience real and virtual visits of places of worship that are important to different faiths.

As a school we actively promote the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development(SMSC) of our pupils. The promotion of British Values is at the core of this curriculum. At Ryecroft we use a comprehensive health, wellbeing and drugs education programme developed by Coram Life Education called SCARF (Safety, caring, achievement, resilience and friendship). Each year a week of teaching is dedicated to this topic with the Life Caravan visiting school

This is central to our aims, values and ethos of the school and takes place throughout the school day including during curriculum sessions, promotion through the learning environment, assemblies, playtimes and interactions between people in school.

SMSC in school aims to promote these through:

Learning how to apply these values in life

Becoming lawful citizens

Developing skills so that pupils can contribute fully to the British way of life

Understanding and respecting the range of different cultures in / beyond school

At Ryecroft,we will actively challenge pupils, parents or staff expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British values, including extremist views.