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School Values and Expectations


P4C (Philosophy for Children)

P4C is taught across the school from Nursery to Year 6.  At Gilbert Colvin P4C is embedded in our school enquires for over a year. The teachers and children are confident discussing issues and are using philosophical language such as ‘I agree/disagree because…and I think’

British Values

The school promotes British Values. There are 4 British values - Democracy, The Rule of Law, Individual Liberty and Mutual Respect and Tolerance.


Democracy is best summarised as equality between people, where that principle is usually applied in a free and fair voting system where power is held by elected representatives.

This could be evidenced in many ways, perhaps most simply by having an elected school council or elections for head boy and head girl.  Pupils should have the opportunity to learn about different models of democracy and take part in votes, pupil voice questionnaires and pupil councils.  Even simply ensuring that all children have their say, that they take turns - any of these show the principle of democracy in action.


The rule of law is usually defined as a set of rules that people in that particular environment must obey.

Children and young people could uphold this value by helping to create the rules in your classroom or school. 


Individual liberty is having the right to make your own choices - as long as you don't infringe upon the rights of another.

Students have the right to make their own choices throughout the school day - such as choosing extra-curricular clubs, friendship groups and having some autonomy in lessons.


Mutual respect and tolerance is fairly self-explanatory and would be covered in the behaviour policy of most schools. It is certainly covered under the 2010 Equality Act. 

Lessons should reinforce messages of tolerance and respect for others. Pupils should have the opportunity to visit places of worship that are important to different to faiths. Schools can actively promote diversity through celebrations of different faiths and cultures. 

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