Darrick Wood Junior School

British Values

The DfE have reinforced the need:

“to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”

At Darrick Wood Junior School, British Values sit alongside and mirror our school values, permeating all curriculum subjects and underpinning everything we do from the perspective of universal, positive human values.

This encourages reflective and aspirational attributes and attitudes, which can be nurtured to help our pupils become the very best of themselves, which then enables them to act as responsible, humane citizens. Such future citizens are more likely to contribute to a national democratic culture, which is reinforced by the value of trust and strengthened by values such as respect, tolerance, fairness and cooperation.

Below are some examples of how we have adopted and embedded these values. 

Being Part of Britain

A challenging curriculum encourages pupils to reflect upon their role in a diverse society.

  • The Year 6 curriculum includes a topic on Britishness, which allows pupils to engage critically with stereotypes and prejudices.
  • Our Religious Education curriculum reflects, celebrates and teaches children about diversity. Pupils learn about the four main religions: Christianity, Islam, Judaism and Hinduism. They compare and contrast customs, ceremonies and places of worship. We also teach about the shared values that religion can promote and include elements such as neighbourliness and charity, prejudice, poverty and religion and equality.
  • We recognise the multicultural nature of the United Kingdom and value the crucial role this has played in making Britain the place it is today. For example, each year pupils have the opportunity to design costumes, create music, choreograph dance routines and taste food as part of the DWJS carnival week.
  • In English pupils learn about British folk and traditional tales. In year 3 our pupils study a topic called ‘Once Upon a time’ which brings a selection of these time-honoured stories to life.
  • In history topics pupils learn about British key figures such as Horatio Nelson, Elizabeth I, Henry VIII, Queen Victoria, Dr Bernardo, Sir Winston Churchill and Walter Tull. Year 5 study the Factories and Education Acts in their Victorian topic, Year 6 write in role as Walter Tull (the first black officer to lead white British soldiers in battle) and Year 3 consider how invaders and settlers have shaped Britain.

Throughout the year we celebrate being part of Britain. This includes recognising and celebrating events such as Christmas, Harvest and Remembrance Day. We also plan for and take part in key British events such as the Olympics in 2012, the Diamond Jubilee in 2013 and Queen Elizabeth II becoming Britain's longest-serving monarch. For such events, we hold tea parties, music concerts, special assemblies and plan additional learning about how such events relate to being British.

We also promote a sense of Britishness by fostering a commitment to charities. The School Council regularly liaise with staff and PTA over charitable events. This includes fundraising days for Children in Need and awareness events for charities such as the Children’s Hemiplegia and Stroke Association. 


All members of the Darrick Wood community have the right to be heard (Article 12 UN Convention on the Rights of the Child) and it is our responsibility to allow this to happen.

As a Rights Respecting School, we teach our pupils how to make their needs and wishes heard in a way that society and school life finds acceptable. This is taught explicitly in PSHEC and circle time lessons, but also through enrichment opportunities such as School Journey. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council, pupil questionnaires and meetings with the governors. The elections of the School Council members are based solely on pupil votes, reflecting our British electoral system and demonstrating democracy in action.

Rules and Laws

The importance of laws and rules, whether they are those that govern the class, the school or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout the school day.

  • Our sanction and reward behaviour system is aligned to our school rules and when needed, pupils are asked to identify which aspect they have broken to ensure that this connection is made and understood. (Click here to see the Behaviour Policy)
  • In Year 6 pupils who show they are modelling the values of the school are selected to represent their peers as School House Captains. Their responsibilities include assisting staff in monitoring the attitude, work ethic, manners and appearance of junior members of their house and providing inspiration and motivation to all pupils in the school. 
  • Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. For example, in year 6 pupils participate in a Junior Citizens Day organised by the Metropolitan Police.    
  • As a UNICEF Rights Respecting School, each class has a RR Class Charter. This involves pupils selecting those rights they agree are the most important in relation to what is done in that classroom. The process of developing a charter is as important as the end product. The process is participatory, inclusive and built on the prior learning about the difference between wants and needs.

Individual Liberty

Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, through the provision of a safe environment, staff with whom they have a positive and supportive relationship and boundaries that are secure.

Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights (RRS) and are advised on how to exercise these safely, but also their responsibility to consider how making their choice will impact on themselves and others in the immediate and long term future.

This may be via:

  • E-Safety lessons;
  • Anti-bullying Week;
  • PSHEC, circle time lessons or as part of any aspect of the social, emotional and academic curriculum;
  • Choice of challenge, how they record learning and setting of targets;
  • Involvement in their own learning including responding to feedback and self-review of marking;
  • Choice and availability of extra-curricular clubs and opportunities;
  • Daily choice of school meals;
  • Range of lunchtime play areas and activities

Mutual Respect and Tolerance

Part of our aim for every child is to develop a healthy respect for themselves, to build self-esteem, self-worth and confidence as a learner.

This is our core purpose and is threaded through teaching and learning, behaviour and safeguarding policies.

Respect and tolerance are also promoted through:

  • Our playtime buddy scheme which promotes mutual respect between pupils across different year groups;
  • Embedded principles of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and the school vision into our ethos and curriculum;
  • Discussions about personal and whole school behaviour targets;
  • Staff and pupils from other countries, and visitors from other faiths, sharing their language and culture;
  • Assemblies and collective worship (Click here to see the assembly overview for October);
  • Discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying supported by learning in RE and PSHCE and 1:1 support provided following any incidents;
  • Celebration of the rich breadth of talent present at DWJS.​