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British Values

Promoting and Supporting Learning about Life in Modern Britain

Our school aims to prepare pupils for life in modern Britain. We promote fundamental British values through teaching about democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.

British Values are taught throughout our curriculum and are enhanced through our weekly Picture News.  This involves our children having weekly class debates and opportunities to reflect upon a range of issues.  Picture News aims to support children's development of their spiritual, moral, social and culture elements of learning and behaviour.  It encourages children to engage with current affairs alongside worldwide news stories and provides them opportunities to learn about and discuss what is happening within class assemblies. 

British Values | St Bridget's Catholic Primary School


Promoting British Values

We agree with the Department for Education’s five part definition of British Values:

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

We believe it is incredibly important that these British Values permeate through every school in the country. At Norwich Road, you will encounter these values throughout our everyday school life, in particular our promotion of Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural understanding. We believe that our school culture plays an important role in upholding British Values within our strongly multicultural community.


Pupil voice plays a big part in life here at Norwich Road. Our pupil elected school council plays an important role in our school. They are elected by their class peers and are involved in making our school a better place to learn. Pupil questionnaires and pupil target interviews are also conducted throughout the year. In this way, pupils can share their ideas, thoughts and opinions.

The Rule of Law:

Our pupils will encounter rules and laws throughout their childhood and adult lives. We want our pupils to understand that whether these laws and rules are about being in class, around the school or in the local neighbourhood, they are set for good reasons and must be adhered to. This understanding of the importance of rules will be consistently reinforced through assemblies and through our curriculum. The involvement of our pupils in the creation of some class rules helps them to understand the reasons behind rules and the consequences if rules are broken. Throughout the year, we welcome visits from members of the wider community including police, war veterans, the fire brigade and many more. We believe that clear explanations and real life stories emphasise the importance of the Rule of Law for our pupils.

Individual Liberty:

We offer an expanding range of clubs which pupils have the freedom to choose from, based on their interests. These are fully inclusive. Through our PSHE sessions, we educate children on their rights and personal freedoms as well as supporting them in recognising how to remain safe within society.

Mutual Respect:

Our school promotes pupils to accept, understand and appreciate differences in those who are in some way different to themselves. In our school, pupils learn and play together with respect for each other. We appreciate each other, no matter what differences may exist. We work in teams throughout the school. Mutual respect and understanding is at the core of our school life.

Tolerance of those of different Faiths and Beliefs:

We are surrounded in modern Britain by endless diversity. So, we teach and show our children how to respect and celebrate this enrichment.

We offer a culturally rich and diverse curriculum in which all major religions are studied and respected. Teachers and governors strongly believe that tolerance and appreciation is gained through knowledge and understanding. Through our curriculum and the routines of our daily school life, we strive to demonstrate acceptance and help children to become knowledgeable and understanding citizens who can build an even better Britain for the future.

House Teams:

All children are allocated to one of wonderful house teams.  Children collect house points each week for demonstrating the 'Norwich Road Way', demonstrating our 'Academy Values' and being 'Super Learners.'

At Norwich Road academy we hold the firm belief that local history is important to learn as it is central to our identity and promotes community values. Our love of local history is supported by our Heritage Projects and by our House system where we look at the influences of Thomas Paine, Charles Burrell, Edith Cavell and Boudicca within the local area and further afield.


BBC Bitesize is a great resource for a range of video clips, games and activities related to Citizenship.  The following links will take you some great resources for you and your children to explore.  Key Stage 2 (KS2) children are in Year 3, 4, 5 and 6.  Key Stage 1 (KS1) children are in Year 1 and 2.  Early Years children are in our Nursery and Reception classes.

KS2 Citizenship - BBC Bitesize

KS1 Citizenship - BBC Bitesize

Early years - England - BBC Bitesize                     Look at the Knowledge and Understanding the World section.

Mr Ingham is the subject lead for PSHE, across the academy.