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British Values

At Riverside, we teacher children about the British values:

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


This ensures we are meeting the requirements of Section 78 of the Education Act 2002 in our provision of Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) guidance.


Actively promoting these values means challenging opinions or behaviours in school that are contrary to fundamental British values. Attempts to promote systems that undermine fundamental British values would be completely at odds with our duty to provide SMSC. The Teachers’ Standards expect teachers to uphold public trust in the profession and maintain high standards of ethics and behaviour, within and outside our school. This includes not undermining fundamental British values.