British Values

What do British Values look like at Sawtry Junior Academy?

Promoting British Values is embedded within our SMSC (social, moral, spiritual and cultural) curriculum, our academy ethos and behavior code. All schools are required to promote British Values and Sawtry Junior Academy recognises the importance of doing so by including these within all that we do. Our staff endeavour to be role models to our pupils and this includes modelling and promoting British values. Detailed below are some of the key areas where you will see this in action at Sawtry.

The British values that we aim to promote are;


  • Promoting ‘Pupil Voice’ in the election of House Captains by pupils. Holding half termly house meetings to discuss and vote on issues relevant to the pupils and ensuring this is reflected in decisions made
  • Including the development of British democracy in assembly themes, especially at appropriate times eg, local, mayoral, general elections and referendums
  • Using voting systems and ‘Pupil Voice’ eg, Christmas CD cover competition, Academy logo
  • Our STARS ethos (supportive, thoughtful, ambitious, resilient, successful)
  • Pupil voice is heard through questionnaires
  • We encourage volunteerism in and out of school.  This includes things like the Peer mediators, play leaders, lunch helpers, participation in local events and also raising money for local and national charities
  • The beginnings of democracy are taught through historical research of the Ancient Greek civilisation. The development of democracy forms part of the history and topic based curriculum
  • There is a computing unit of work that pupils complete which is specifically about democracy
  • Promoted through PSHE lessons
  • Children are taught about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and learn to respect their rights and the rights of others
  • Involvement of pupils in school funding raising eg, Poppy appeal, children in need

 The rule of Law 

  • Our code of conduct and behavior policy. Class rules discussed and displayed
  • Included and embedded within the PHSE and History curriculum
  • Regular and planned visits by local PCSO, NSPCC, Theatre groups and “Magistrates in the Community”, online safety and sports coaches
  • Including the development of the British legal system and the importance of rules and laws to protect us within our assembly themes
  • Our STARS ethos (thoughtful, successful)
  • Through our school assemblies and PSHE children are taught how to earn trust and respect and are supported to develop a strong sense of morality; knowing right from wrong and doing the right thing even when it’s difficult.  Specifically this is taught through Anti-Bullying and working together units of work

Individual Liberty

  • Our code of conduct and behavior policy
  • Included and embedded within the RE and History curriculum
  • Regular and planned visits by local PCSO, NSPCC, Theatre groups and “Magistrates in the Community”
  • Including the importance of Individual liberty (and what that looks like) within our weekly assembly themes
  • Our STARS ethos (thoughtful, supportive, ambitious)
  • Individual responses to behaviour incidences e.g individual plans for children with social, emotional and mental health
  • PHSE. Through our school values and the SEAL PSHE program, children are taught about personal responsibility, choices, ambition and aspiration. This is specifically taught in the “My emotions unit of work
  •  They are encouraged to take opportunities to follow their interests in art, music, sport etc. Our wide and regularly changing range of clubs encourages children to develop a variety of interests and skills

Mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs

  • Our code of conduct and behavior policy
  • Included and embedded within the PHSE and History / topic curriculum
  • Creating an engaging and rich RE curriculum based on the Agreed Ely syllabus by including inviting visitors from different faiths or visits to different places of worship
  • Including learning about different faiths in our assembly themes at appropriate and relevant times of year
  • Our STARS ethos (supportive, thoughtful, resilient, successful)
  • Lunch menu reflects different cultures

The poster below outlines how we promote British Values at Sawtry Junior Academy and provides links both to our “Stars” ethos and the UN convention on the rights of the child

SJA Promoting British Values poster