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British Values

We believe the values set out as being ‘British’ are values that we would consider important in any modern society:


  • The rule of law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
  • Democracy

At Marie Weller, the children are asked to give their opinions and suggestions about school matters, thinking about how we can continue to improve our school.

Our children have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. As the school grows, we will have a school council which meets regularly with senior staff; they will be actively involved in school improvement.

All council members are elected by their class and bring ideas and concerns to meetings for discussion. House Captains are also democratically elected and provide good role models for the younger children.

The school take part in a pupil survey which discusses the curriculum, safety and things the children would like to change.

The Rule of Law

Pupils throughout Marie Weller develop their understanding of what is right and what is wrong.

Each year, they are involved in developing their own class rules and are reminded of what they can expect of/from the school and what the school expects of them in order to maximise their learning.

Through their daily school life and explicitly in PSHW lessons, they develop their understanding of actions, responsibilities and consequences.

Visits from and to authorities such as the Police, Fire Service and Lifeguards are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message.

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 all.

From the start of their school life pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and to exercise them in a polite and thoughtful way e.g., e-safety lessons, PSHW Lessons, Mental Well Being Day.

As a school, we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make choices safely through the provision of a safe environment and empowering education.

Mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs

Mutual respect is fundamental to the success of our school community. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own right and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect. Assemblies for the whole school take place. At Marie Weller we celebrate differences; our PSHE and RE curriculum look at our school’s values and those of other faiths and make connections in order to widen the children’s understanding of a wider multi-cultural Britain.