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Promoting British Values and SMSC

At Seaburn Dene Primary School, we develop and promote British Values throughout our school and within our curriculum.


“We want every school to promote the basic British Values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance for those of different faiths and beliefs.” Lord Nash


A key part of our plan for education is to ensure children become valuable and fully rounded members of society who treat others with respect and leave school fully prepared for life in modern Britain.


British Values


  • The Rule of Law

  • Democracy

  • Individual Liberty

  • Mutual Respect

  • Tolerance for those of different faiths and beliefs


To do this our children will develop;

  • An understanding of how citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process

  • An understanding that the freedom to hold other faiths and beliefs is protected in law

  • An acceptance that people having different faiths and beliefs to oneself (or having none) should be accepted and tolerated, and should not be the cause of discriminatory behaviour

  • An understanding of the importance or identifying and combating discrimination

The ethos and aims of the school clearly reflect these values, and the whole school strives to uphold them.



Our Aims:


To create kind and well-rounded global citizens, supported by a rich, experiential curriculum that will allow engagement in the highest quality learning experiences.

That the wider curriculum is valued and provides creativity and challenge alongside a rigorous approach to maths and English. Together these provide opportunities for children to fully explore their passions and develop their future aspirations.

To nurture a growth mindset and develop a culture of determination: We learn from our mistakes and have the resilience to bounce back when times are tough.

To have high expectations for all within our community and ensure that we demonstrate the very best standards of respect and integrity.

As a school, we value and celebrate the diverse heritages of everybody at Seaburn Dene. Alongside this, we value and celebrate being part of Britain. In general terms, this means that we celebrate traditions and customs in the course of the year; for example, Harvest Festival during the Autumn term and trips to the nativity and Travelling Posada at Christmas. We also value and celebrate national focusses, recent examples being; Macmillan Coffee Morning, Comic Relief, Chinese New Year, Outdoor Classroom Day, Black History Month and Safer Internet Day, with many more opportunities planned in throughout the year to collaborate with the wider community and world e.g. Children In Need


Further to this, children learn about being part of Britain from different perspectives. Two specific examples of when we teach about being part of Britain are:


Geographically: Our rivers, coasts and seaside holiday topics ensure that children have a better understanding of what Britain is, learning more about:

•its coasts, rivers and mountains

•where Britain is in relation to the rest of Europe and other countries in the world


Historically: Key moments in British history are studied in the topics such as ‘London’s Burning’ and significant historical figures.


The table below is an indication of where we can find evidence to show that British Values are an intrinsic part of school life at Seaburn Dene Primary School.






  • Aims
  • School Council

Children, parents and staff have many opportunities for their voices to be heard at Seaburn Dene. Democracy is central to how we operate.

An obvious example is our School Council and House Captains. The election of the School Council members reflects our British electoral system and demonstrates democracy in action: candidates make speeches, pupils consider characteristics important for an elected representative, pupils vote in secret using ballot boxes etc. Made up of two representatives from each class, the School Council meets regularly to discuss issues raised by the different classes. The council has its School Improvement Plan and is able to effect change within the school; in the past, the School Council has hosted fundraising activities and helped to provide equipment for our school grounds as selected by the children. 


Another example of ‘pupil voice’ is:

•Children are asked to respond and reflect on the teaching and learning they receive as well as make suggestions for the School Council to consider.


Pupils are always listened to by adults and are taught to listen carefully and with concern to each other, respecting the right of every individual to have their opinions and voices heard. We encourage pupils to take ownership of not only their school but also of their own learning and progress. This encourages a heightened sense of both personal and social responsibility and is demonstrated on a daily basis by our pupils.


Parents’ opinions are welcomed at Seaburn Dene through methods such as questionnaires, surveys at parents evenings and opportunities to comment on whole school matters e.g. After school provision.



The Rule of Law

  • School aims
  • Behaviour and Discipline Policy
  • Display of class rules in each classroom,
  • Sports Leaders
  • Curriculum links e.g. Crime and Punishment

The importance of rules and laws, whether they be those that govern our school or our country, are referred to and reinforced often, such as in assemblies and when reflecting on behaviour choices. At the start of the school year, each class discusses the school rules and class routines, principles that are clearly understood by all and seen to be necessary to ensure that every class member is able to learn in a safe and ordered environment, these rules are displayed in each class. These rules play a fundamental role in our behaviour sanctions and rewards and are linked to the awards of Dojo points throughout 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. These values are reinforced in different ways:

  • Visits from authorities such as the police, RNLI, School Crossing Patrol and fire service
  • Cycling Proficiency and Walkwise lessons enable children to understand the rules of the road and the potential dangers encountered should they break those rules.
  • During Religious Education, when rules for particular faiths are thought about.
  • During other school subjects, where there is respect and appreciation for different rules.




Individual Liberty

  • School aims
  • Behaviour policy
  • P.S.H.E policy
  • Displays of children’s activities
  • Children’s key roles and responsibilities

Alongside rules and laws, we promote freedom of choice and the right to respectfully express views and beliefs. Through the provision of a safe, supportive environment, we provide boundaries for our pupils to make choices safely; for example:

•choices about how they can improve their learning

•choices around the participation in extra-curricular activities



Our pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are taught how to exercise these safely, such as in our PSHE JIGSAW lessons.

Collective worship is used to both explore and support the school’s values. By teaching the children how to manage and understand emotions they will be motivated and equipped to:

  • Be effective and successful learners
  • Make and sustain friendships
  • Deal with and resolve conflict evenly and fairly
  • Solve problems with others by themselves
  • Manage strong feelings such as frustration, anger or anxiety
  • Be able to promote calm and optimistic states that promote the achievement of goals
  • Recover from setbacks and persist in the face of difficulties
  • Work and play cooperatively
  • Compete fairly and win or lose with dignity and respect for all competitors
  • Recognise and stand up for their rights and the rights of others
  • Understand the value the differences and commonalities between people, respecting the rights of others to have beliefs and values different to their own.
  • To respect and value our world, and the things, both material and alive that exist within it.

Children in Year 5 and 6 are given key roles and responsibilities such as Reading Buddies, Play Leaders and House Captains. Children from Year 2 are given the opportunity to lead through the Climate Friendly Schools Team, WOW Active Travel Tracker Ambassadors and the Anti-Bullying Team.

Children in all classes carry out their own Risk Assessments prior to class trips.


Children are encouraged to make choices knowing they are in a safe and supportive environment.


Mutual respect

  • School aims/Values
  • Behaviour policy
  • P.S.H.E policy
  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Display of children’s activities
  • Display of positive values around school

We have high expectations of achievement and behaviour. Children and staff are polite and kind. We believe everyone has their own special gifts and we are expected to use them.

We listen and respect each other. We teach the children that conflict will be dealt with calmly and fairly. All members of the school family are valued equally. We celebrate lunchtime behaviour and taking care of our school environment through Table Monitors, Litter Collectors and Climate Friendly School Team. We celebrate each other’s achievements whether that be in or out of school through our weekly Celebration Assemblies, which focus on school values and having a growth mindset.

Teachers plan exciting, interesting, challenging and innovative lessons where everybody is expected to do their best and respect others.

When our older children are given key roles and responsibilities to work alongside younger children this helps to promote mutual respect across the age phases. E.g. Reading buddies and Play Leaders.


Tolerance for those of different faiths and beliefs

  • School Drivers /school aims
  • P.S.H.E policy
  • R.E. policy
  • Inter-faith visits
  • Alternative faith work as part of the R.E curriculum coverage, eg Prayer Spaces


Seaburn Dene Primary are proud to promote and celebrate our different backgrounds and beliefs. Tolerance, politeness and mutual respect are at the heart of our aims, ethos and R.E curriculum.


Our central aim to kind and well-rounded global citizens, drives us towards ensuring that our pupils are able to live and work alongside people from all backgrounds and cultures. This will be particularly necessary in a future where due to technological advances will make the 'world a smaller place.'

Our pupils know and understand that it is expected that respect is shown to everyone and to everything, whatever differences we may have. Children learn that their behaviour choices have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community are encouraged to treat each other with respect.


Specific examples of how we at Seaburn Dene Primary enhance pupils’ understanding and respect for different faiths and beliefs are:


•Through Religious Education, P.S.H.E and other lessons where we develop awareness and appreciation of other cultures – in English through fiction and in art and music by considering cultures from other parts of the world.


•Celebrating cultural differences through assemblies, themed weeks, Inter-faith visits and displays.


Children are encouraged to share their own experiences when celebrating their own faith. Daily worship reflects and teaches the children tolerance for different faiths and beliefs.

Activities within school support both children and adults of different or no faith, the children are taught respect and tolerance of these groups and the opinions of the groups are taken into account with all activities.

Whilst instances contrary to our values are relatively rare, each is treated seriously in line with our policies and expectations.



UK Parliament Week 2022

Pupils at Seaburn Dene Primary School have been celebrating democracy and learning about the role of the UK Parliament and the Government and how they can make a difference.

Children in Yrs 4 and 6 talked about the different roles in Parliament, democracy, the current financial crisis and legislation. They then worked in groups to create their own laws.


Year 6

1. When you get your driving licence, the law should be that you receive £1,000 towards buying a car (which has to be electric.) Rachel and Sophie.

2. Increase farm production to certain levels to help bring the price of food down. Chloe and Alicia.

3. Reduce the price of dog products by 20% by 2023 through taxation. Esme and Grace.

4. Through taxation, make all museums and art galleries free to enter. Abigail and Pixie.

5. Ban loot boxes in paid-for computer games. Max and William.

6. Each city has to have 5 functional sports facilities. Jacob and Jude.



Year 4

1. Lower food prices because people only have 1 or 2 meals a day, not three. Kristopher.

2. Gyms should be free to use for all. Charlie.

3. New libraries should be built for everyone. Gia and Zara.

4. People who mistreat animals should be fined more than £1,000. Eva, Luke.

5. Ice cream should be free for the homeless. Jacob.

6. Football should be banned due to the injuries for players. Ellena.

7. Reading books should be a bit cheaper for everyone. Miles.



Week Beginning



Anti-Bullying, Children In Need (Respect)


World Kindness Day  (Determination)


Humility, Advent (Aspiration)


Manners, Global Christmas (Determination)


Honesty, Mindfulness (Respect)


Nativity, Story of St Nicholas, the Meaning of Christmas

Seeking Asylum (Kindness.)

SMSC in our curriculum