Modern British Values

At Brook Green Centre for Learning we value the diverse backgrounds of all students, families and the wider school community.  We aim to equip our students with the knowledge, skills and attributes they need for ‘Life in Modern Britain’. This is done through the effective spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our students and through the inclusion of collective assemblies; PSHEE and Citizenship lessons; extra-curricular and enrichment activities; the pastoral programme; internationalism and work within our local community.

The Department for Education states 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’.  We promote these values through our own school values and curriculum offer.

The Department for Education defines British Values as follows:

  • Respect for democracy and support or participation in the democratic process,

  • Respect for the basis on which the law is made and applies in England,

  • Support for equality of opportunity for all,

  • Support and respect for the liberties of all within the law,

  • Respect for and tolerance of different faiths and religious and other beliefs.

At Brook Green, we actively promote British values in the many different ways, for example:


  • The principle of democracy is explored during assemblies, in the wider curriculum and is embedded throughout the PSHEE and Citizenship schemes of work. For example we promote the election of the Plymouth Youth Parliament members with election assemblies supported by the Youth Services,

  • All students are encouraged to debate topics of interest, express their views and make a meaningful contribution to discussions,

  • Our school has an active school council, elected by the students.  They have a student voice in the running of the school – there is a ‘you said, we did’ culture,

  • Students also have the opportunity to have their voices heard through student questionnaires and surveys.

Rule of Law

  • We believe that our students learn best in an environment that is safe, secure and in which expectations of good behaviour is both encouraged and implicit,

  • We place especially high value on recognizing and rewarding socially co-operative behaviour, unselfish action and good manners. This is integral to the learning and ethos of our school,

  • There is a ‘house points’ system and recognition for showing good and caring behaviour and consistent demonstration of our values through such things as our celebration assemblies,

  • Students are always helped to distinguish right from wrong, in the classroom and in unstructured times,

  • Our school council is trained in restorative justice and work with students that have been identified as not behaving in a way that is acceptable to our school community,

  • Students are encouraged to respect the law and we have visits from the Police for example and students take part in the Pheonix project with the Fire Service,

  • Our Behaviour, E-Safety and Anti-Bullying policies set out a zero tolerance baseline for any form of aggression, abuse or violence, which extends to our whole school community.

Individual Liberty

  • Students are actively encouraged and given the freedom to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment eg. by signing up for after school activities,

  • Students are taught about the importance of making the right choices and are encouraged to take responsibility for their behaviour and actions, students know that there will be consequences to making ‘wrong’ choices,

  • Students are supported to develop their self-esteem and self-confidence holistically. They are taught about personal responsibility, choices, ambition and aspiration,

  • Students are taught how to keep themselves safe.  This is through computing lessons, assemblies, Building Blocks and Tutor time as well as through the PSHEE / Citizenship curriculum,

  • Stereotyping is challenged.  A strong anti-bullying culture is embedded in the school and any form of bullying is challenged and addressed. The school also operates a robust system of logging incidents,

  • Students are encouraged to take on key roles and responsibilities in school eg. Sports Leaders, Mentors and School Council members.

Respect and tolerance

  • Respect is a core value of our school. Through our day to day practice, students know and understand that it is expected that respect is shown to everyone in our school community,

  • The curriculum, visiting speakers and enrichment activities ensures that students are helped to acquire an understanding of and respect for their own and other cultures and ways of life and broaden their understanding of the traditions of different nations. We use international events for example to study and learn about the life and culture in other countries,

  • The school supports local, national and international charities chosen by the school council and tutor groups through the Building Blocks curriculum,

  • Staff and students are encouraged to challenge prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour,

  • Cultural appreciation and development forms part of our curriculum. We place great emphasis on providing encounters and participation in events and celebrations to broaden all students experiences and awareness of others,

  • Through the PSHEE, Humanities, Citizenship curriculum and our RE days students are encouraged to discuss and respect differences between people, such as differences of faith, ethnicity, disability, gender or sexuality and differences of family situations. We are a Stonewall school,

  • Staff have a secure knowledge of the Prevent Duty and our responsibilities within this.