Promoting British Values at

Abercrombie Primary School and Nursery


What are Fundamental British Values?

British Values were first introduced in schools in 2014 when the Department for Education stated the purpose was “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”. British Values represent everyone in our multicultural society, including every race, ethnicity and every gender variation. 

The main ideas behind the teaching of British Values is to…..

  • Encourage respect for other people.
  • Promote further tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions by enabling children to acquire an appreciation for and respect for their own and other cultures.
  • Enable the children to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem, and self-confidence.
  • Encourage children to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative and understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality of school and to society more widely.
  • Enable children to distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil and criminal law of England.
  • Encourage respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic processes, including to respect the civil and criminal law of England.
  • Enable children to acquire a broad general knowledge of and respect for public institutions and services in England. 


How does Abercrombie School promote Fundamental British Values?

At Abercrombie Primary School, we take seriously our responsibility to prepare children for life in modern Britain. We ensure that the fundamental British Values are introduced, discussed and lived out through the ethos and work of our school.  Our school vision, ethos and motto, as well as our school aims, embody all the fundamental British Values and are at the core of all our work with Abercrombie children.

Our Mission Statement

Our aim at Abercrombie Primary School is to place the success of every child at the centre of all our decision-making. We strive to inspire our children to have a lifelong love of learning; grow in confidence and value themselves and others. We support our children to be the best they can be, enabling them to achieve through a wonderfully wide and challenging curriculum.

Our Vision Statement

Working together to create a successful school at the heart of the community that enables our children to flourish and become outstanding citizens of the future.

Our Ethos

Our ethos at Abercrombie Primary School is achieving, believing and caring. This ethos is created through our aims, attitudes and aspirations.

Our Motto is Achieving, Believing, Caring




The British Values are.......


the rule of law

individual liberty

mutual respect

tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs


British Values fit under the wider umbrella of the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development (SMSC) of children at Abercrombie School.

Therefore, many areas of the curriculum also provide opportunities to promote these values in a planned and structured way.  In particular, Religious Education (RE), Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE), Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and our whole school assemblies support the direct teaching of British Values and provide excellent opportunities to deepen and develop understanding.

For further information about how British Values fits in to the RE Curriculum and the PSHE/RSE Curriculum (both subject progression grids have British Values highlighted), please see the Curriculum tab on this website.

The school also makes considerable efforts to ensure children have exposure to a wide range of experiences both in and beyond their local community during which these values are reinforced e.g. sporting events, a variety of visits and the use of outdoor education and residentials. We also enjoy visits from Theatre groups, Severn Trent Water, Derbyshire Road Safety, Bikeability, Fire and Rescue Services, the African and Caribbean Community Association, the Derby Open Centre, the Chesterfield Historical Society and Holy Trinity Church to name but a few. We engage in practical voting led by our school council and develop an understanding and knowledge of how Parliament works and the democracy of law.

To explore more of the specific activities, events and experiences children take part in at Abercrombie and their relevance to the fundamental British Values, please see the document below.