This is to let you know that the letter from our recent Ofsted Inspection can now be found on the school website

British Values

The DfE recently reinforced the need 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 and the mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs’.

Schools, through their curriculum, are legally bound to actively promote the fundamental British values.

British Values are:


Ofsted version

DfE version

  • Democracy
  • respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic process
  • the rule of law
  • respect for the basis on which the law is made an applies in England


  • support for equality of opportunity for all
  • individual liberty
  • support and respect for the liberties of all within the law
  • mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
  • respect and tolerance of different faiths and religious and other beliefs



 ‘actively promote.......’

  • Calton has an active School Council with democratically elected members from each class which meets every week
  • Actively supports a local. National and international charity each year which is voted for by the pupils
  • Each year the pupils develop their own Class Charter
  • Calton has a well established Peer Monitor scheme to help resolve playground issues
  • Calton has elected Prefects to help support the schools behaviour policy
  • Calton promotes the values that every pupil has a voice and many opportunities are provided for their voice to be heard

Democracy – what do we do?

  • Provide pupils with a broad general knowledge of, and promoting respect for, public institutions and services
  • Teach pupils how to influence decision-making through the democratic process
  • Encourage pupils to become involved in decision-making and ensure they are listened to in school
  • Hold ‘elections’ for representatives of the school council, peer mentoring and prefects
  • Help pupils to express, challenge and defend their views through class debates
  • Teach pupils how public services operate and how they can be held to account
  • Model how perceived injustice can be peacefully challenged

Rule of law – what do we do?

  • Ensure school rules and expectations are clear and fair based on the agreed school Charters (classroom and playground)
  • Help pupils to distinguish between right and wrong
  • Help pupils to respect the law and the basis on which it is made
  • Help pupils to understand that living under the rule of law protects individuals including the pupils e-safety contract
  • Include visits from police and magistrates including participating in ‘Mock Trials’
  • Develop approaches to solve conflicts through mediation and discussion including peer mediation

Individual liberty – what do we do?

  • Support pupils to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem, self-confidence end empowered learning
  • Encourage pupils to take responsibility for their behaviour, as well as knowing their rights
  • Model freedom of speech through pupil participation, whilst ensuring protection of vulnerable pupils
  • Implement a strong anti-bullying culture

Respect and tolerance – what do we do?

  • Promote respect for individual differences
  • Help pupils acquire on understand of, and respect for, their own and other cultures way of life
  • Challenge prejudicial and discriminatory behaviour
  • Organise visits to varied places of worship and invite visitors from varied places of worship into school
  • Develop critical personal thinking skills
  • discuss difference between people such as faith, ethnicity, disability, gender and sexuality plus differences in family situations such as children in care, single parent families, same sex parents or young carers

At Calton we will actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British values, including ‘extremist views’.