Our aim at Holmwood School is to encourage pupils to develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in Britain. We actively promote the fundamental British Values and this forms part of our wider work in school with children in relation to their Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural education (SMSC).


The British Values, as defined by the government, are :

  • Democracy
  • The Rule of Law
  • Individual Liberty
  • Mutual Respect
  • Tolerance of different Faiths and Beliefs.


We teach a broad and balanced curriculum that teaches elements of democracy, rules and laws, the monarchy, equality, values and virtues, environmental awareness and understanding of different faiths. Actively promoting British Values also refers to the challenging of pupils, staff or parents who express opinions contrary to fundamental British Values. At Holmwood, values of tolerance and respect permeate all areas of school life. This creates a climate within which pupils feel safe and secure and therefore allows them to learn and develop. Pupil voice plays an integral part in driving the school forward.


These British Values are promoted throughout the curriculum, across the whole school. They are also seen in the school ethos, policies, assemblies, special events and cultural celebrations. The following are a selection of activities that are evidence of our commitment to British Values.


In Holmwood school we promote the British Values in lessons, on the playground, at lunchtime and also during assemblies. Using stories is a great way of talking about the British Values, whilst also sharing our enjoyment of reading. Stories give us opportunities to talk about how we need to follow rules, show respect and be tolerant to others. We can also talk about making our own choices, and how things need to be fair. Across the school, the children often vote for which story they would like to hear, a great way of demonstrating Democracy.


We teach children about Democracy through:

  • Children being involved in democratic processes e.g. voting for pupil councillors, rewards and incentives.
  • School council
  • Check in / check out – discussing issues and forming opinions.


We teach children about Rule of Law through:

  • School behaviour policy
  • Golden Rule assemblies
  • Golden Rules – in class
  • Wow board for behaviour
  • Kings and Queens – keeping the Golden Rules
  • Reflecting of behaviour and learning during lessons
  • Parent/carer questionnaires about behaviour
  • Jewels in the jar – promoting keeping the Golden Rules
  • Visits from Police.


We teach children about Individual Liberty through:

  • Understanding responsibility in school in terms of behaviour and learning attitudes (well-being and learning zones)
  • Pupil roles in school – monitors/helpers
  • School Values
  • Local and national fundraising
  • Community links – residential home, food bank
  • Assembly – school council / people who help us
  • Well-being, learning zones
  • Kaleidoscope
  • Restorative practise
  • Challenging stereotyping and bias
  • Antibullying
  • Sports values
  • Star charts for learning.


We teach children about Mutual Respect through:

  • PSHE and SEAL curriculum and assemblies
  • Kaleidoscope
  • Positive relationships encouraged and modelled
  • Inclusive ethos
  • RE curriculum
  • Antibullying assembly
  • School Council
  • MK Fitness Festival
  • Language of the Month (foundation)
  • Grandparents Day
  • Sports Day
  • TMA links with sport
  • Big Summer Sing
  • Trips – wider community
  • Visitors
  • Peer assessment
  • Collaboration with other schools – Holmwood, Ashbrook and Two Mile Ash
  • Restorative practise
  • Golden Rules
  • PE values
  • Check-in, check-out
  • Sharing well-being scales and learning zones.


We teach children about Tolerance through:

  • Links with other schools
  • Assemblies – stories from world faiths and cultures
  • RE curriculum
  • Reflection opportunities in assemblies
  • School curriculum
  • Inclusive school
  • Special assemblies – Harvest, Christingle, Remembrance Day,
  • PSHE
  • Restorative practise
  • Golden Rules.