Bishop Ian Ramsey Church of England Primary School

Promoting British Values

Promoting British Values 

The Department for Education state there is a 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 mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs". At Bishop Ian Ramsey C of E Primary School we are committed to these values and regularly reinforce them in the following ways:            


Democracy is embedded at the school. 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. Pupils also have the opportunity to air their opinions and ideas through our Pupil Council and regular questionnaires. 

The Rule of Law

The importance of laws, whether they are those that govern the class, the school or the country, are consistently reinforced. Our school has rules, which are embedded in our learning every day. Each class also discusses and sets its own rules 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. Our pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws. Visits from authorities such as the local police help reinforce this.

Individual Liberty

Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for our pupils to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and an empowering education. Our pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely; examples of this can be clearly seen in our Online Safety and PSHE lessons. 

Mutual Respect

Our pupils know and understand that it is expected and imperative that respect is shown to everyone, whatever differences we may have. We believe that this respect is fostered through our worship, through PSHE and RE. 

 Tolerance of Those With Different Faiths And Beliefs

Our core values ensure tolerance of those who have different faiths and beliefs. We enhance pupils’ understanding of different faiths and beliefs through religious education, PSHE work and visits to other places of worship to deepen understanding of different celebrations and beliefs.

Review Date: September 2021

Bishop Ian Ramsey CE Primary School is part of the Durham Diocesan MAT. Durham Diocesan MAT is a company limited by guarantee (company number 10847279) and exempt charity registered in England and Wales at Cuthbert House, Stonebridge, Durham, DH1 3RY.