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"Pupils have excellent attitudes to learning, work well together and are motivated to succeed."

- 'Good' OFSTED REPORT 2017 - Moorside Junior School

British Values

Promoting British Values

The DfE have 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 mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”

The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 prevent Strategy, and these values were reiterated in 2014.  At Moorside Infant and Junior Schools these values are reinforced regularly and as part of the school curriculum.


Children’s viewpoints are regularly sought in lessons and through interviews.  Recently they have been involved in creating a new school logo to celebrate the schools’ new relationship.

The school council also uses a democratic method to vote in new members and present their student voice.

Within the curriculum, we use local, national and international issues, including Brexit, party elections and presidential elections to consider viewpoints and promote discussions.

The Rule of Law

The school has a clear set of expected behaviors together with associated consequences.  The children are able to administer these themselves and recognise the need for a shared understanding that applies to everyone.

In PSHCE lessons, solution circles and assemblies, children are given the opportunities to consider how laws are used to keep everyone safe and enable law enforcement to have a set of rules to use.

Our use of Restorative Practice also enables children to consider how their behavior has consequences for others as well as themselves.

Individual Liberty

All children are actively encouraged to develop their own views as well as listening to those of others and accepting these, even if they differ from their own.

Making choices and the consequences of these is part of our daily work with children.  Through our work on developing ‘Metacognition and Growth Mindsets”, we actively encourage children to understand themselves and take risks to learn something new.

Children are given information regularly about keeping themselves safe, including internet safety, Bikeability, Health and Safety (Crucial Crew), Stranger Danger and PANTs (NSPCC).

Mutual Respect

Respect is a fundament element of our PRIDE ethos and values in our schools.  We have:

  • Pride in Ourselves
  • Respect for Others
  • Independence and Collaboration
  • Determination to Achieve
  • Enthusiasm and love for learning

These are referred to in lessons and form the focus of assemblies throughout the year.

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs

Children are taught about different faiths and beliefs during RE and PSHCE lessons.  These are enriched with visitors to school who can give children first hand viewpoints.

Through our focus on Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural curriculum, children are taught about the differences in our society and how prejudices are harmful.

Moorsides’ Experience Days

To enhance our focus on British Values and Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural curriculum, we have designed an additional curriculum to enrich the children’s experiences and opportunities to develop a broad understanding of the world they live in.


Reviews from the Children

Gracie, Year 6

"My favourite thing about school is the teachers because they are so kind and helpful".

Andrew, Year 6

"I enjoy when we have Forest School because we have the best hot chocolate and marshmallows and find animals".

Emily, Year 6

"I enjoy doing art with Mr Moss and Forest School. The most enjoyable thing is going on residential trips like Marrick".

Evie, Year 3

"I like Literacy because it makes my writing better. I also like PE because we learn new skills that we don't know yet".

Ethan, Year 3

"I enjoy our big field as we can play on the play equipment".

Liam, Year 3

"I like PE as we get to learn with Mr Doey".

Xander, Year 3

"I like Forest School as we get to eat Marshmallows!"

Kolby, Year 3

"I enjoy play times as I get to play with my friends".

Beatrice, Year 3

"I enjoy reading because we learn new things from books".

Edward, Year 3

"I like Maths and Topic. In Topic, we find out about different Countries".

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