______________________ Promoting British Values



What is meant by “British Values”?


In their new school inspection framework, Ofsted ​underlines how significant is the dimensions of the personal development of pupils and that our education system must focus on by developing responsible, respectful and active citizens who are able to play their part and become actively involved in public life as adults; as well as by developing and deepening pupils’ understanding of the fundamental British values of democracy, individual liberty, the rule of law and mutual respect and tolerance
Although some people may argue that these values are not uniquely “British” there can be no doubt that they are fundamental to life in Britain and as such they are actively promoted by our school in order to prepare young people for life in modern Britain.
At Riverside Bridge School, we believe that the following list exemplifies some of the values held dear by British citizens:
  • Democracy
  • Respect of the rule of law
  • Appreciation of the rights of other citizens
  • Individual liberty
  • The promotion of opportunities for all
  • Support for those who cannot, by themselves, sustain a dignified life-style
  • Religious tolerance and respect for cultural diversity
  • Treating others with fairness
  • Participation with community life
  • The contribution to, as well as the benefit from, cultural and economic resources
Although this list is not exhaustive, we believe it encapsulates the attitudes and values that Riverside Bridge School seeks to inculcate in its staff and young people.



How do we promote British Values at Riverside Bridge School?

We promote ‘British Values’ through our spiritual, moral, social and cultural education which permeates through the school’s curriculum and supports the development of the ‘whole child’.
We recognise that such development is most successful when those values and attitudes are promoted by all staff by providing a model of behaviour for our pupils.



For official government guidance and advice, please follow the link  for the government document on promoting fundamental British Values as part of SMSC in Schools.
Promoting British Values – March 2020