British values are considered by the present government to be:

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

At Hexham Middle School we recognise not only the importance of helping students to develop academically but also spiritually, morally, socially and culturally. Our aim is that they are fully prepared for life in British society, to take their role as good citizens, able to make the best possible contribution to the Common Good. We teach the importance of British values by going much deeper into the meaning of what it is to live a good life. We also highlight to our pupils that values that we take for granted in our country some people are campaigning to achieve in other parts of the world. This provides the context and meaning for understanding why British values are important.

At Hexham Middle School we provide an education which focuses on the formation of the whole person and on our purpose in life. We place a significant emphasis on the celebration of individuality and difference within our communities and our calling to work for the Common Good, in the service of others.

The examples that follow are an indication of some of the many ways we seek to embed British values at Hexham Middle School and should be seen as an indication of our approach rather than an exhaustive list.

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  • Student Council
  • Taking part in debates
  • Highlighting the development of democratic ideas in history lessons
  • Allowing students to vote for House Captains
  • Ensuring all pupils are listened to by adults
  • Inviting MPs and other speakers to the school
  • Holding mock elections
  • Participation in Make Your Mark, a national initiative

The rule of law

  • Having a clear behaviour policy that is explained to all
  • Teaching about the development of the Rule of Law in English Law, a legal system created uniquely in England, becoming a major influence across the world.

Individual liberty

  • Encourage pupils to be independent in their learning
  • Provide students with opportunities for reflection as they take responsibility to discerning their vocation
  • Mutual respect
  • Having a mission statement that is inclusive
  • Constantly promoting respect for others as good manners
  • Reinforcing the value of everyone’s opinions in class debates
  • Having an effective anti-bullying policy
  • Assemblies which focus on inspiring role models
  • Emphasising in RE and PSHE lessons that every person is unique
  • Remembrance activities
  • Supporting charitable works

Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs

  • Religious Education provides pupils with an awareness of the faith and traditions of other religious communities as a basis for understanding and respecting them.
  • Learning about the Holocaust; working with the Anne Frank Trust (when funding available)
  • PSHE inputs on tolerance and Human Rights