Our British Values

Within the setting of Battledown we embed in our teaching the British Values of:

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

We teach children values, respect and to be proud to be British.  We celebrate both British traditions and the diversity of other traditions in Britain.


The Pupil’s voice plays a big part of life at Battledown. They communicate through a Total Communication environment.  We encourage children to:

  • Understand that their views count and to value the views of others. We show them that we value their contributions through questions and comments.
  • Talk about/communicate their feelings, for example if they are feeling happy or sad or if they need help or not.
  •  Listen to each other, through circle time activities.
  • Take turns and share, through planned group activities or during free play.
  • They demonstrate democracy in action by a show of hands, choosing where they want to play eg soft play or outside or what theme their role play area could be.  We encourage a lot of child initiated play with children making choices about how they want to explore and play.
The Rule of Law:

We promote the rule of law by teaching children right from wrong. The understanding of our school rules are consistently adhered to across the school through circle times and intervention strategies.

  • Talking to children about appropriate behaviour.
  • Children behaving within agreed and clearly defined boundaries.
  • Teaching children to understand consequences of their and other’s behaviour
  • Table manners and being polite, saying please and thank you.
  • Tidy up time – everyone helps which promotes learning social responsibility.
Individual liberty

Ensure children are not being radicalised at an early age.  School staff are watching out for and checking that children are safe, healthy and secure in all environments.

  • We encourage children to be the best they can possibly be.
  • Through PSE children develop self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence.
  • We provide opportunities for children to increase their confidence in their own abilities e.g. risk taking in Forest School, using scissors, mark making.
  • We provide a range of experiences that allow children to understand they are free to have different opinions e.g. small group discussions/circle time – what makes them happy/sad?
  • We teach the children about compromise so that they understand they can believe in different things but still play together; learning about similarities and differences between themselves and others.
Individual liberty

We ensure children have the right to say ‘no’ and be respected for their choices; Through our daily circle times we teach the children to have respect and show kindness to others.  Mutual respect is at the centre of our practise here at Battledown.  We teach the children to:

Value family by making cards for special occasions.
Be kind, helpful and respectful to others.
Have empathy and understanding.
Be part of local community through offsite trips to Bushley, swimming, forest school, local businesses, parks and horse riding.

Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

We include world religions and festivals in our planning to teach children about the world in which they live; linking children’s learning so they understand they are part of a much wider world through cooking, songs, celebrations , art, music and dance. We teach children the importance of:

  • Tolerant behaviours such as sharing and respecting each other’s opinions.
  • Respecting and learning about nature and the natural world.
  • We provide stories, resources and activities that challenge gender, cultural and racial stereotyping.

Battledown Centre for Children & Families. Harp Hill, Cheltenham GL52 6PZ Tel: 01242 525472 • Fax: 01242 257557

Battledown Centre for Children & Families. Harp Hill, Cheltenham GL52 6PZ Tel: 01242 525472 • Fax: 01242 257557