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British Values and Cultural Capital


Promoting British Values

The government states that all schools are required to ensure that they promote the fundamental British Values. These are defined as:

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

At Killigholme School we are very proud of our school ethos and culture which allows children to grow and develop into responsible, respectful, and thoughtful young people who are well-equipped to make a positive difference in our community and the wider world. We actively promote each of the British Values through our long-term curriculum planning, assemblies, our RE and PSHE curriculum, and a series of discrete British Values lessons that address each of these five core values.


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Democray is embedded within Killingholme Primary School. Pupils' witness democracy in a whole variety of ways such as pupil questionnaires and regular pupil voice, this is seen as an essential part of the school.Democracy is a school value that pupils experience when discussing respect and fairness and as part of the school council election process for School Council. Collective Worship is build of the SEAL (social and emotional aspects of learning) aspects. The children have broad curriculum in RE/PSHE (SCRAF).

The Rule Of Law

Pupils demonstrate the understanding of the school rules, the expectations of outstanding behaviour is visable in the classrooms and the playground. The pupils are aware these rules and to keep us safe and respect each other and breaking these rules will lead to consequences. 

Our pupils understand the need for the rule of law in society. They are used to debating and discussing laws/rules and their application. They are familiar with the local police who take part in assemblies, demonstration days. 

Assemblies are also used alongside lesson to teach the children about the role of law and parliament.

Individual Liberty

Pupils are encouraged to know and understand their rights and personal freedom. Within collective Worship and PSHE lessons, pupils understand the importance and right of individual freedom and choice.  They are able to explain about freedom, giving examples and exhibit their own choices. 

Mutual Respect

Mutual respect is a key value for us at Killingholme Primary school. All of our pupils are taught the importance of respect. We do this by using 'Restorative Practice' alongside PSHE lessons include discussions about self worth, self respect so that pupils see that they are important in their own right.  Pupils are encouraged to develop independence in their learning and to thinks for themselves. All members of the school treat each other with respect. We develop this to include; self, family, friends, groups, the world, people and the environment.

Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs

Killingholme Primary School is situated in an area which is no greatly culturally diverse; therefore we plave great emphasis on promoting diversity with the pupils. We do this in assemblies showing an understanding of different faiths and cultures through stories, celebrations and visitors in school. This learning is reinforced though RE and PSHE. 


Cultural Capital

What is Cultural Capital?

Cultural capital is the accumulation of knowledge, behaviours, and skills that a child can draw upon and which demonstrates their cultural awareness, knowledge and competence; it is one of the key ingredients a child will draw upon to be successful in society, their career and the world of work.

Cultural capital promotes social mobility and success.

Cultural capital gives a child power. It helps them achieve goals, become successful, and rise up the social ladder without necessarily having wealth or financial capital.

Ofsted define cultural capital as…

“As part of making the judgement about the quality of education, inspectors will consider the extent to which schools are equipping pupils with the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life.
Our understanding of ‘knowledge and cultural capital’ is derived from the following wording in the national curriculum: ‘It is the essential knowledge that pupils need to be educated citizens, introducing them to the best that has been thought and said and helping to engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement.’ “

At Killingholme Primary School, children benefit from a flexible curriculum that builds on what they understand and know already. We believe that exposure, not only to culture but also to situations in which the children might not have previous experiences of, is of paramount importance to their ongoing successes.

Gradually widening children’s experiences as they progress through school is an important step in providing rich and engaging learning across the curriculum. We plan carefully for children to have progressively richer experiences in nursery and beyond. These include trips to the local park, shops and visits to places of worship, museums, sports and music venues just to name a few.

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