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British Values

The DfE recently reinforced the need for all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. At Wheelock, these values are embedded within and integral to our school mission statement, aims and values and are woven through our curriculum.


Children are introduced to democracy through the school council as they have the chance to vote for their class councilors. Teachers use the opportunity to talk with the children about the importance of having a system that is fair, in which everyone has an equal say and is able to voice it freely. Children also have opportunities to vote on decisions within their classes throughout the year.

The school is regularly used as a polling station which presents a great opportunity for talking with the children about current affairs and politics and for the children to see democracy in action.

Rule of Law

The importance of Laws to the success of any society is reinforced throughout the school day: through our class and school rules, through assemblies and circle times and through the underlying ethos of the school. Whether it is within their own classroom, across the whole school, or in the wider community, the children are taught the value and reasons behind laws: that they protect and keep us safe, ensure equality and uphold the rights of the individual. Children are also taught about shared responsibility and the consequences that follow when an individual chooses to break a law.

Individual Liberty

Every child at Wheelock is valued as an individual. We take time to get to know their likes and dislikes, their values and beliefs and to celebrate their personal achievements. We aim to nurture all children as individuals who know who they are and believe in themselves. Children are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. In Key Stage 2, the children learn about the rights of the child and reflect on the impact of any loss of individual liberty.

Mutual Respect

Our school community is founded on mutual respect. We model this through every interaction whether with a child or another adult and set clear expectations for the children to do the same. Children are encouraged to show empathy for others and to understand the importance of treating others as we would like to be treated ourselves.

Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs

Wheelock is situated in an area with limited cultural diversity, therefore we place a great emphasis on promoting diversity with the children. Assemblies are regularly planned to address this issue either directly or through the inclusion of stories and celebrations from a variety of faiths and cultures. Our RE and PSHE curriculums reinforce this. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. Children are taught about places of worship that are important to different faiths.

At Wheelock we will actively challenge any pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including any extremist or racist views.