british values

Since September 2015, all Ofsted-registered settings have been required by the Prevent Duty to help build children’s resilience to radicalisation by promoting fundamental British values. These values can be summarised as:

  • democracy
  • the rule of law
  • individual liberty
  • mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.

In the tables on the following pages we’ve identified the key theme of each of the British values and have suggested a range of activities that you could carry out at your out of school club in order to ‘actively promote’ these values.


What we do

At Bowerham Kids’ Club, we recognise the importance of these values listed above, and we incorporate these within our setting. We do this in a number of ways, and we wanted to share some of these with you. In working in partnership with the school, we use the same values to help the children develop an understanding of the wider world.

Firstly, we use the “Bowerham Best” rules, a list of rules that the children use, which helps put into practise teachings about respecting both people and property as well as staying safe and feeling comfortable around one another. As well as this, we have posters with our club rules on which can be seen at any time if children are unsure about anything.

We involve the children in activity planning and we often do so by using a voting system, or by taking suggestions and randomly selecting their ideas. This demonstrates democracy in practise and ensures that the children’s desires are heard, and that they are enjoying themselves to the upmost whilst they are here with us.

  • Pupils are taught how they can influence decision making through the democratic process.
  • Democracy is embedded through school initiatives and procedures such as:
  • Circle Time
  • Time to Talk
  • We enable every child to develop and express independence and gain confidence through a wide range of activities
  • Encourage honesty, trust and responsibility
  • Respect differences in gender, ethnicity, religion and ability.

Links to the following values: Courage, Appreciation, Hope

Rule of law
  • Children are encouraged to consider and draw up a set of club rules at the start of each academic year.
  • Promotion of our club rules and values are clear and fair.
  • Children are taught to understand that there are consequences when rules are not kept and that this impacts on different individuals.
  • Children are helped to understand and distinguish between right and wrong both in club and the wider community.
  • Children are taught the value and reasons behind rules and laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken.
  • An understanding of law in our country is promoted.
  • The Rule of Law is embedded through club initiatives and procedures such as:
  • Bowerham Best
  • Club Rules
  • Circle Time
  • Values of the Term
  • 4 Bs stuck strategies
  • Behaviour Policy
  • Consequences
  • Rewards – happy box and certificates

Links to the following values: Courage, Appreciation, Simplicity, Tolerance

Individual liberty
  • Children are supported by their trust buddy to develop self-confidence, self-esteem and self-knowledge in order to make good choices.
  • Children are given the freedom to take risks and make choices within a safe environment.
  • Children are taught how to manage risks and the importance of safety.
  • Children are supported and encouraged to take responsibility for their own behaviour.
  • An anti-bullying culture is promoted strongly and actively within the club.
  • Children are taught how to make safe choices regarding their activity on the internet.
  • As a club we educate and provide boundaries for children to make informed choices, through a safe environment and an empowering them to make their own decisions.
  • Children are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and responsibilities and advised how to exercise these safely.
  • Individual Liberty is ensured through club initiatives and procedures such as:
  • Circle Time
  • Time to Talk
  • Child friendly access to resources
  • Awarding certificates
  • Promoting Internet Safety

Links to the following Values: Courage, Appreciation, Hope, Humility

Mutual respect
  • This is a fundamental part of everything we do at Bowerham Kids’ Club and mutual respect is modelled and taught throughout the club.
  • Children are taught to be respectful of individual differences.
  • Children are taught about charity through fundraising activities which help others
  • The children learn how their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. This develops their sense of responsibility.
  • We challenge stereotypes and the use of derogatory language at the Club.
  • Mutual respect is ensured through club initiative and procedures such as:
  • Circle Time
  • Time to Talk
  • Building Learning Power Capacities- Relationships, Reasoning, Resilience
  • Trust Buddy System

Links to the following values: Courage, Appreciation, Hope, Simplicity, Tolerance, Humility 

  • We actively promote diversity through our celebrations of different faiths and cultures
  • The children learn to embrace different faiths and beliefs
  • Children have an understanding of different faiths and beliefs they have learnt about
  • Children challenge behaviour that discriminates against others
  • Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs is promoted through club initiative and procedures such as:
  • Circle Time
  • Festival Celebrations
  • Procedures for reporting discrimination swiftly
  • We have an inclusion, inequality and diversity policy
  • We have a participation policy

Links to the following values: Appreciation, Tolerance, Humility