British Values


Westerings is committed to promoting the values of being British, as required by the government.

British Values are defined under the Ofsted guidance as:

'promoting tolerance of and respect for people of all faiths (or those of no faith), cultures and lifestyles; and support and help, through their words, actions and influence within the school and more widely in the community, to prepare children and young people positively for life in modern Britain'.

The government defines these values as:

  • Democracy

  • Rule of law

  • Individual liberty

  • Mutual respect

  • Tolerance of those of different faiths

We run regular assemblies, lessons and activities to promote these values. More information about British Values, SMSC, 'Prevent' initiative and other policies can be found in our policies section, here.



We help children to remember the British Values through the thumb and finger model.

Thumb – DemocracyUp or down to give your opinion

Index finger – Rule of Law - Pointing

Middle finger – Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs – Tallest finger pointing to who or what you believe in

Ring Finger – Mutual respect – Wedding ring – Respect for other people

Little finger – Individual Liberty – Sticks out on its own and is unique


British Values Definitions

Individual Liberty.pdf
Mutual Respect Beliefs.pdf
Democracy.pdf
Rule of Law.pdf
Tolerance of Those with Different Faiths and Beliefs.pdf

What do we do at Westerings to promote British Values?

British Values Overview - Westerings.pdf