British Values


British values are at the heart of everything we do at Rosedale C of E Infant School. They are central to the children’s social, moral, spiritual and cultural (SMSC) development. British Values are not exclusive to being British. They are shared by other democratic countries as a way of creating an orderly society, where individual members can feel safe, valued and can contribute for the good of themselves and others. The values are as follows:


  • Democracy
  • The rule of law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect
  • Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs


It is always an ongoing to process to discuss these values though assemblies, PSHE lessons, circle time and in our everyday teaching, referring to them using child friendly language so that the children can relate to and understand them more clearly. This is also reflected in our class displays.



When these values are embedded pupils are expected to gain understanding and knowledge of issues such as:

  • An understanding that the freedom to hold other faiths and beliefs is protected in law.
  • An acceptance that people having different faiths or beliefs to oneself (or having none) should be accepted and tolerated, and should not be the cause of prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour.
  • An understanding of the importance of identifying and combating discrimination.
  • An appreciation that living under the rule of law protects individual citizens and is essential for their well being and safety.
  • An understanding of how citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process.