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Promoting British values

Promoting British values

The Department of Education (DfE) recently (June 2014) explained 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, mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.  The Government set out its definition of British values in Prevent Strategy (Home Office, 2011) and reiterated these values in 2014.  At Devonshire, the school's ethos, which is reflected in its policies and practice, promotes these values. These values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways.


Each class has a set of class rules which are drawn up by the class and the teacher together. Within the curriculum there are opportunities for children to express their opinions. In addition to this, there is an annual pupil questionnaire for the children in Years 2, 4 and 6 enabling them to put forward their views about the school. All Key Stage 2 classes have a school councillor who is elected by the class to represent them. The school council meet weekly and is able to effect change within the school.

The rule of the law

The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced at Devonshire. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service help reinforce this message. Pupils are taught from an early age the rules of the school: the Golden Rules, playground rules and safety rules. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind rules, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when rules are broken. The Devonshire behaviour ladder and snake has been drawn up to clearly show the children rewards for good behaviour and the consequences if the rules are broken.

Individual liberty

At Devonshire, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make informed choices, through a safe environment and an empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our eSafety and PSHE lessons.

Mutual respect

Devonshire is a caring community, enthusiastic for everyone's success; respect is at the centre of Devonshire's ethos. It is actively promoted through our golden rules, behaviour ladder, the curriculum and our social, moral, spiritual and cultural (SMSC) provision.

Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

Devonshire is a very diverse school. We actively promote and celebrate diversity through the curriculum and other activities that support the curriculum. Religious Education (RE) lessons and personal, social and health education (PSHE) lessons reinforce messages of tolerance and respect for others. Members of different faiths and religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. The children visit places of worship that are important to different faiths.


Ofsted Graded GOOD

Bronze Sainsbury's School Games Mark

Health schools London award - bronze 2016

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Sustainable travel: The Bronze Award is the first level of STARS accreditation. Achieving this demonstrates that a school encourages and promotes active and safe travel to the whole school community.

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