British Values


At Stonham Aspal Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School we value and include all pupils and families. Our school ethos, based on Christian values and supported by a variety of events and lessons, celebrate these. This approach is enriching for all parties as it exemplifies the fundamental British values of…


“democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual

respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and

beliefs.” Ofsted 2014


Ways in which our school supports fundamental British values include:

  • Involving pupils in the annual review of class and school rules
  • School Council
  • Eco School Council
  • A comprehensive and responsive PSHE curriculum
  • Promoting self-esteem and positive mental health and wellbeing
  • A carefully planned curriculum reflecting pupils needs
  • Whole school celebrations and events (eg. Church Services, Sports Day, Celebration assembly)
  • Nurture programme (ELSA)



British Values & the Bible


The following Bible verses and stories could be linked to British values.



  • ¨ Calling the disciples. Matthew 4:18-21
  • ¨ The quarrel about who should sit at Jesus’ right and left hand in heaven. Matthew 20:20-23


Rule of Law

  • “Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established”. Romans 13:1
  • Jesus teaches about the law. Matthew 5:17-20
  • Paying taxes to Caesar. Luke 20:21-25
  • The wisdom of Solomon. 1 Kings 3:16-28
  • Luke 19:1-10
  • Moses and the Ten Commandments. Exodus 20:1-20
  • Jesus’ new commandment. John 13:34


Individual liberty

  • Christ has set us free. Galatians 5:1
  • The truth sets us free. John 8:32
  • Adam and Eve - free to do wrong. Genesis 2:3
  • Ten lepers freed from the constraints of their illness. Luke 17:11-19
  • Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane debating duty. Matthew 26:36-46
  • The wealthy young man imprisoned by his own riches. Matthew 19:16-22
  • The two builders choosing a lifestyle. Matthew 7:24-27


Mutual respect

  • “Be devoted to one another, love one another above yourselves”. Romans 12:10
  • We are made in the image of God. Genesis 1:27
  • Good Samaritan freely helps his enemy. Luke 10:29-37
  • The soldier’s unexpected faith in a ‘subject’ Luke 7:1-10
  • Mary and Martha - the importance of listening to others. Luke 10:38-41
  • Jesus washes the disciples’ John 13:1-20
  • Story of Ruth - respect for relatives and for the poor. Ruth 1-4


Tolerance of different cultures and religions

  • Do not judge others and you will not be judged. Matthew 7:1
  • Naaman learns respect for other nations. 2 Kings 5
  • Good Samaritan. Luke 10:29-37
  • Jesus welcomes the children. Matthew 19:13-15
  • Jesus talks to the woman at the well. John 4:1-26


British Values and our Curriculum

Our curriculum explores the key British Values, for example, in the following ways: 

Democracy - School Council, House Teams, and through topics such as 'The Greeks'.

Individual Liberty - School Council, Behaviour Policy and strategies and through topics such as World War One and World War Two. 

Mutual Respect and Tolerance - Behaviour Policy and strategies, School Council, Christian Ethos and Values, Life and Learning Skills, Religious Education (where all faiths are taught as we follow the Suffolk RE syllabus) and PSHE.