British Values and School Values at Middle Barton School

Values are an integral part of our school and form the basis and bedrock of school life, as a foundation for teaching and learning.  Our OFSTEd report in May 2017 stated, 'There is a strong focus on developing pupils’ personal qualities based on your school’s core values.'  We know and we take it very seriously.

British Values
The Rule of Law
Individual liberty
mutual respect
Tolerance of other faiths and belief

On Friday 20th October 2017 all the class teachers attended the National Values based Education conference in London with over 100 others from across the country, to be inspired by how values work is being integrated effectively in schools.


British Values

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At Middle Barton School we aim to maintain a school ethos and culture that promotes British values at every level. We value the backgrounds of all pupils and families and actively undertake a variety of events and lessons designed to teach tolerance and respect for the differences in our community and the wider world.   We uphold and teach pupils about the British Values which are defined as:  


  • democracy

  • rule of law

  • individual liberty

  • mutual respect

  • tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs


These values are taught through our broad and varied curriculum and within Personal, Social, Health and Emotional (PSCHE), Religious Education (RE) lessons and Global Learning themes.  

The school takes opportunities to actively promote British Values through our whole school, class, and key stage assemblies. We also actively promote the British values through ensuring that our curriculum planning and delivery includes real opportunities for exploring these values. Actively promoting British Values also means challenging pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views.



At Middle Barton School, these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:



Democracy is an important value at our school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council (The elections of members of the School Council). Pupils who model the values of the school are recommended for weekly celebration certificates and are awarded these by Mrs Tailby in our special celebration assembly. Each class creates a 'class charter' and a set of 'diamond rules' at the start of the new academic year. These rules are available in each classroom and actively used by pupils and staff influencing what is an agreed acceptable behaviour.


rule of law

 The importance of laws and rules, whether they are those that govern the class, the school or the country, are consistently reinforced within our school through high expectations and role modeling. Our ‘Traffic Light System’ for behaviour in our Early Years and KS1 class is aligned to an agreed set of expectations of behaviour and behaviour for learning. 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. This has been reinforced by our local Police Community Support Officer who visits us. In addition, all teaching staff are trained in the restorative justice approach.


individual liberty

 Pupils are actively encouraged to make choices at our school, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. We have developed a supportive and inclusive culture within our school where pupils are encouraged to make safe choices. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our e-Safety teaching and PSHE lessons. Pupils are given the freedom to make choices, e.g. signing up for extra-curricular clubs, choose the level of challenge in some lessons and are becoming increasingly more involved in child–led learning. 


mutual respect

Our school culture is based around core values such as ‘respect’, and ‘responsibility’ and these values determine how we live as a community at Middle Barton School. Pupils and staff alike, including visitors, are challenged if they are disrespectful in any way.


tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

 This is achieved through enhancing pupils’ understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by providing them with experiences to help them understand different cultures and beliefs. Discussions involving prejudices and stereotypes are developed through whole school, class and key stage assemblies as well as through global learning themes. 



Our Values Policy document can be found here.


Values are principles that drive behaviour. They influence our actions and attitudes, and become our framework for living. They influence our relationships with ourselves and others. Each term we have a whole school focus on a core value. We promote these in our assemblies, our teaching and our expectations and we believe they are what help to shape our school and develop our pupils into well - rounded citizens who demonstrate excellent behaviour and engage positivly with others. Our core values include: 







Our School Values

We were awarded the Values based Education award at the end of November 2016.

Our Values based Education report made the following comments:

'All staff are excellent role models, with Mrs Tailby leading her school with great sensitivity and passion for Values.  There are excellent relationships throughout the school.'

'Pupils show a high level of courtesy, respect and consideration'.

'The school environment is purposeful, happy and caring.'

'Parents say communication is excellent'.

'Middle Barton is a school which has undergone a total transformation over the last three years.  Jane Tailby had the vision to drive forward the introduction of Values-based Education and has gathered a dedicated and enthusiastic team around her.  She saw that there were areas of deep need, despite the OFSTEd grading of 'good' and has succeeded in improving behaviour and wellbeing beyond recognition.  All stakeholders are totally committed to further develop and deepening Values based Education.'

'At Middle Barton School, every child and every adult is truly valued.'

Middle Barton Primary School