British Values

Ulcombe CEP School, approaches the promotion of fundamental British values in line with the Government’s PREVENT theme of the anti-terrorist strategy CONTEST. These British Values are: democracy; individual liberty; the rule of law; mutual respect; tolerance of those with different faiths and belief. Each is defined below and placed in a school context through the use of examples. It is, without question, everyone’s duty to ensure they do not undermine these fundamental British values as detailed in the current Teacher Standards Part Two: Personal and Professional Conduct.
  • Democracy


Democracy can be seen as a state of society characterised by equality of rights and privileges. It can also refer to our nation’s electoral systems.


The school council works on a democracy. Class reps are voted in following speeches and a secret ballet. Meetings are held and actions are decided on following a vote.  Classroom discussions raise issues to be discussed by the school council. The pupil questionnaire shows that all pupils feel they have a voice (January 2016)


Pupils are often consulted when staff are making a decision about the school e.g. extra-curricular clubs, topics for learning, termly parent and pupil activities, the alternative curriculum and equipment for the playground.


  • The rule of law


All people and institutions are subject to and accountable to law that is fairly applied and enforced.


All pupils are aware of the school rules, and the need to work within them. The behaviour policy is clear to all pupils and staff and pupils can explain it to visitors.  As a school with high mobility, the pupils often support new joiners to adapt to the expectations of the school. Older children act as peer mediators and themselves have high expectations for pupils respect, and the need to settle differences.


Marking and feedback, as well as homework, policies set clear boundaries which are explained clearly to pupils.  Accountability is stressed to all stakeholders including staff [teacher’s Standards], students [behaviour policy),and Governors.


  • Individual liberty


Individual liberty suggests the free exercise of rights generally seen as outside Government control


All pupils have the right to express opinions within lessons, and to tell their versions of events about things that may occur. All pupils have a choice of extra-curricular clubs to attend.


All pupils have an identified adult that they can discuss things with – pupil questionnaire January 2016


  • Mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith.


The proper regard for an individual’s dignity, which is reciprocated.  A fair, objective, and permissive attitude to those whose faith and beliefs may differ from one’s own


Ulcombe has a mixture of ethnic groups within its pupil population and all are respected equally. Any incidents of unfair treatment are taken very seriously.  Expectations are the same for all pupils.


Ulcombe is a Church of England School has a Christian ethos, and all members of the school are expected to attend worship every day. The day starts and finished with a prayer.


Other religions and faiths are learnt about and celebrated throughout the year

Governance includes faith representative from the Church of England