St Bernadette’s Catholic Primary School

Growing Together in Faith, Love and Learning

British Values

At St. Bernadette’s Catholic Primary School we recognise that all children need a broad and balanced education which develops them academically, spiritually, morally, socially and culturally, in preparation for a life in British society.  The promotion of ‘British values’ is central to Catholic education because they have their origin in the Christian values of our nation. 

In accordance with our school Mission Statement, St Bernadette’s is a school where children, staff and governors:

Grow Together in Faith, Love and Learning

We believe that the values of democracy, rule of law, liberty, respect and tolerance are explicit and implicit in the Catholic teachings and values of our school.

The Department for Education has introduced a statutory duty for schools to actively promote British Values. The five key British Values are:


The rule of Law

Individual Liberty

Mutual Respect

Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs.


At St Bernadette’s we pride ourselves on promoting these British Values to enable our pupils to grow into good citizens who are prepared for life in modern Britain.


We help children to remember the British Values through the thumb and finger model

Thumb – Democracy – up or down to give opinion.

Index finger – Rule of Law – pointing 

Middle finger – Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs – tallest finger pointing to God.

Ring Finger – Mutual respect – wedding ring – respect for other people

Little finger – Individual Liberty – sticks out on its own.

Democracy – What do we do?

  • Class voting for the election of pupil councillors at the start of the year (Year 1 upwards);
  • Annual campaign for our head boy/girl;
  • Provide pupils with a broad general knowledge of, and promote respect for, public institutions and services e.g Police, Military;
  • Taught through assemblies and our school curriculum;
  • Encourage pupils to become involved in decision-making processes and ensure they are listened to in school.  Pupils vote as to which after schools/lunchtime activities we should provide, involvement in staff recruitment for example;
  • Help pupils to express their views through our GIFT team, Mental Health Ambassadors, Planet Protectors Eco Council and Playleaders;
  • Model how perceived injustice can be peacefully challenged;
  • Parents’ opinions are welcomed at St. Bernadette’s Primary through methods such as questionnaires and surveys and opportunities to comment on whole school matters e.g. After school provision, homework.

Rule of Law – What do we do?

  • Our school mission statement, “Growing in Faith, Love and Learning” ensures that we shape our pupils to become valuable, caring, respectful and considerate members of the local community and wider British society.
  • Ensure school rules and expectations are clear and fair – Be Ready, Be Respectful, Be Safe.
  • The importance of laws and rules are consistently reinforced in the classroom, as well as through school assemblies;
  • Celebration of adhering to these rules with weekly Headteacher awards;
  • Explore laws within our PSHE lessons and what to do if peer pressure is trying to persuade children to break these;
  • Refer to the Equality Act 2010 as part of our No Outsiders Scheme;
  • Bikeability lessons throughout the school enable children to understand the rules of the road and the potential dangers encountered should they break those rules;
  • Visits from authorities such as the police;
  • Curriculum links e.g. Crime and Punishment;
  • Year 6 buddies and prefects help to ensure school rules and expectations are adhered to.

Individual Liberty – What do we do?

  • Pupils are taught consideration for others through assemblies, collective worship, Religious Education and PHSE curriculum;
  • Support pupils to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem, self-confidence through our pastoral support and links with our Mental Health Support Team (MHST);
  • Encourage pupils to take responsibility for their behaviour, as well as knowing their rights through our restorative behaviour approach;
  • Model freedom of speech through pupil participation.  Children are encouraged to make choices knowing they are in a safe and supportive environment.
  • Challenge stereotypes;
  • Implement a strong anti-bullying culture;
  • Online Safety units of work are taught throughout school;
  • Children in Year 5 and 6 are given key roles and responsibilities such as Play leaders, Year 6 Buddies, Planet Protector Eco Council, Mental Health Ambassadors and Prefects.

Mutual Respect and Tolerance of Different Cultures and Religions– What do we do?

  • Our school’s ethos and behaviour policy are based on Gospel values, with the important commandment being, ‘Love one another as I have loved you’.
  • Our RE scheme ensures that our children have a good understanding of a range of religious beliefs and customs;
  • Use the No Outsiders scheme within our PSHE lessons and through assemblies to explore the protected characteristics of the 2010 Equality Act to promote respect for individual differences and to actively challenge stereotypes;
  • Assemblies constantly promote respect for others and the importance of good manners.
  • Use assemblies to explore critical news events (e.g. terrorist attacks, Black Lives Matter etc);
  • Challenge prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour;
  • Organise visits to places of worship;
  • Years groups perform a celebration assemblies for key celebrations;
  • Help pupils to acquire an understanding of, and respect for, their own and other cultures and ways of life with a range of visitors into school.  Members of different faiths or religions are invited to school to share their knowledge and enhance learning within assemblies and in class.
  • Pupils are encouraged to understand and reach out to communities who are less fortunate than themselves and each term raise significant amounts of money for charity, demonstrating their respect for those who live in different circumstances;
  • Annual Anti-Bullying Week where we aim to highlight all of the things we value as a school that promotes equality and respect for all who serve in our school community. 
  • We respect the service, sacrifice and friendship of the men and women of Britain who fought together and today during Remembrance Day;
  • We celebrate each other’s achievements whether that be in or out of school through our weekly Praise Assemblies;
  • We work alongside Wigan Athletic Community Trust during Anti-Discriminatory workshops;