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What does this mean to the children at Howe Dell?

British Values – What does this mean to Howe Dell Children?


How this audit has taken place.

As Governor with responsibility for PSCHE / SMSC and Subject Leader for Religious Education I compiled some questions about British Values which were discussed in class assemblies or small groups.


Enable students to develop their self-knowledge, self esteem and self confidence.


The children in Key Stage 1 and Foundation Stage say:-

We get to play and make friends.
Teachers keep the children safe.
We learn in fun ways.
We learn to share and be kind.
We have dress up days and ‘Wonder Days’.
Lessons are fun.
The rules help us to be kind and happy.
All my friends are at school which makes it fun.

The children in Key Stage 2 say:-

We have helpful teachers and teaching assistants.
We have different levels of challenge in our work.
Adults at Howe Dell encourage us to do our best with everything.
We know it’s ok to make a mistake, this gives us confidence to try new ways of learning.
We have lots of friends, people play with us.
We love that it is an eco-school.
If you find something hard, teachers encourage you.
Teachers believe in us.
We are in the Give It A Go Club – Reach for the stars.
We learn in different ways.
We have YCA / Children’s Council / Eco-Squad representatives.
We do presentations to adults to build our confidence.
Small groups for boosting us when we find things difficult are helpful.
Being rewarded for making good choices.
Being grown up “Mrs Massey let’s us be grown up and be part of children’s council”


Enable students to distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil and criminal law of England.


The children in Key Stage 1 and Foundation Stage say:-

At school if you break rules - teachers get cross, you get told off, time out, lose playtime.

In the wider world you might get arrested, the police might tell you off and you might go to jail.

Rules keep us safe.
Rules help people to be kind to one another.
They help us be good.

The children in Key Stage 2 say:-

At school we have behaviour sheets which lead to being put on report.
We know there will be consequences to our actions.
We are expected to say sorry and to mean it.
You have a record.
Parents are communicated to.

In the wider world the consequences of breaking laws are prison, fines, going to court. You might lose your job and your friends.

Rules / laws keep the world and everyone safe / make the world a better place.
We need rules so that we can have peace.
Rules help everyone to live together.
You live longer when you follow the rules.
We have rules so nothing bad happens.
Rules / laws mean that you can grow up and get a great job.
If we didn’t have rules no one would know right from wrong – it would be chaos.


Encourage students to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative, and to understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality of the school and the society more widely.


The children in Key Stage 1 and Foundation Stage say:-

Litter picking and harvest parcels help people.
“I do litter picking for the people around where we live because they don’t tidy up”

The children in Key Stage 2 say:-

We show respect.
We have a Christingle service.
We raise money for charities.
We are Eco and keep our school clean.
We help with litter picking and help look after the chickens.
We collect food at harvest and give it to the people in the community.
We sing at the local old people’s home.
We have planted in the local area.
Because we are a good school people feel happy sending their children here.


Enable students to acquire a broad general knowledge of and respect for public institutions and services in England.


The fire service visits regularly to work with our children in after school club.
The police have been invited in on numerous occasions to talk to our children in Foundation Stage.
Pupils have visited the Houses of Parliament.
Queen’s jubilee and Royal Events ae recognised along with the history and traditions of the Royal Family.
National and International sport eg Olympics and World Cup celebrated in school and visits made.
Crucial Crew – emergency services working with Key Stage 2 children regarding wellbeing and safety.
Children translating for EAL families in emergencies eg. ambulance called to school.


Further tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions by enabling students to acquire an appreciation for and a respect for their own and other cultures and encourage respect for other people.


The children in Key Stage 1 and Foundation Stage say:-

If we were all the same it would be boring and we would not learn about new things.
It’s nice to be with different people.
We all like playing together.

The children in Key Stage 2 say:-

Working with children from different cultures helps us to

  • Understand more how people work

  • Know what it is like to live in different countries

  • Respect others

  • Know how to speak to different people

  • Understand that there are different ways to do and say things

  • Learn different languages

  • Know about what and how different people celebrate

  • Know about their different gods

    “It is not about changing people”
    “I have learnt that you can’t judge people based on their culture and image. You need to get to know people for who they


Encourage respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic processes, including respect for the way the law is made and applied in England.


The children in Key Stage 1 and Foundation Stage say:-

When they had to choose someone to be in the eco squad they had to stand up and say why they wanted to be chosen. The children then put their hand up and voted.

The children in Key Stage 2 say:-

Parliament has debates.
Everyone votes for a leader.
A democratic vote means it’s equal.
“Not just the big people having a voice but everybody does.”

We vote for which Wonder Day we should have and our charities for children’s council.
“We voted for Eco Squad and you only get one vote and you give a speech.”
We have a suggestion box.
We have pupil voice.
We vote for the Friend of the Week.
We did a drama activity – should there be a quarry – we had a democratic vote.
“Class reps – a bit like a general election”
Everybody gets to have a say in things, such as events, decisions etc