| 01423 358375
Ebor Academy Trust Logo


The Department for Education published a document in 2014 called ‘Promoting Fundamental British Values as part of SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social, Cultural curriculum) in schools. The document reinforced 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

Mutual respect and a tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs

Tockwith Primary Academy celebrates the individuality of each child. We want to inspire children to reach their individual potential and through our Christian values and prepare them for the future. Our broad and balanced curriculum ensures that all children develop spiritually, morally, socially and culturally. We value these aspects of the curriculum and always endeavour to promote them.

Spiritual Development

We encourage spiritual development through a broad range of assemblies and lessons which allow time for thought and reflection. We teach the children to understand that people have different faiths and beliefs and that all are valued and respected. We celebrate different views and ways of thinking. Our PSHE lessons promote discussion and enquiry as well as tolerance and kindness.

Moral Development

Through stories and drama, we teach the children to think about different situations, with empathy. They are taught to consider right from wrong and are asked open ended questions to make them think carefully about the choices they make.

Social Development

From our early years onwards, we begin teaching children how to take turns, and how to work and play cooperatively. Through the Christian Values of Respect and Friendship, we promote the development of these values through different initiatives including Buddies and Sports Leaders. Our residential trip in Year 6 is a highlight for the children and really focuses on their ability to care for each other and work together as a team. On top of Year 6’s residential, we plan for further opportunities for the children to experience nights away from home by camping overnight in the school’s field and an additional residential in LSK2. 

Cultural Development

We teach the children about their own and other cultures. We do this in numerous ways, through class topics, charity fundraising, RE and PSHE lessons and assemblies. Through our curriculum, we learn about the wider world as well as where we live. Every child from Tockwith Primary Academy, Reception to Year 6, is learning to speak French and has a teaching session on alternative weeks exploring the language and culture.

At Tockwith Primary Academy, we teach the fundamental British values in the following ways.


One of the ways in which the children are taught about democracy is through the election of representatives for the School Council and House Captains. The school council representatives discuss important topics with their classes and feed their views onto teachers. Children in Year 6 visited the Houses of Parliament and we have been fortunate enough to have a video call and letter correspondence with a member of the House of Lords.

The rule of law

At Tockwith, we have school rules that the children are expected to follow. We encourage the children to understand why these rules are important. We have high standards of behaviour and we find that the children rise up to our expectations. Local residents have commented on the excellent behaviour of our children in the playground and also when they visit places of interest on school trips. Through our PSHE curriculum, the children are taught about the Rule of Law and its importance in keeping themselves and others safe. The Christian Value of Justice is also used to develop an understanding of the Rule of Law in older year groups.

The children are taught about the rule of law outside the school with visits from community police officers and firefighters who give talks in assemblies and in class. We want our children to grow into caring and law-abiding citizens and we teach them the difference between right and wrong through the curriculum  as well as in the way we talk to them at all points throughout the day.

Individual liberty

Together with promoting an understanding of rules and laws, we embrace freedom of choice and the right to express views and belief in a respectful way. Through the provision of a safe, supportive environment and empowering education, we provide boundaries for our pupils to make choices safely. For example: choices about the learning challenge or activity they access, how they record their learning,  their participation in extracurricular activities and how they express themselves. Our pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are taught how to exercise these safely, such as in our e-safety and PSHE lessons. The children are made aware of how to manage feelings and behaviour and encouraged to understand how their own and others’ behaviour has consequences for everyone’s individual liberty. 

Mutual respect

As a school, we promote Christian values and beliefs but also promote mutual respect for all other religions, cultures, traditions and languages. Our pupils develop an understanding that respect and tolerance is shown to everyone and to everything. Sadly, no school can guarantee that there will never be instances which are contrary to this value. At Tockwith Primary Academy, such instances are extremely rare. However, should they ever occur, we use this as an opportunity to educate in an attempt to avoid future incidences. Such instances are treated seriously, but sensitively, in line with our Behaviour, Anti Bullying and other associated policies

An understanding of different faiths, cultures and beliefs

From the very earliest years in which our children start at Tockwith Primary Academy, we teach them about different cultures, faiths and religions. Children share in traditional stories, food and costumes from other places and cultures. We have some children from different cultures and those who have English as an additional language. We celebrate our differences and focus on every child as a unique individual. As a school family we encourage tolerance and respect and feel it is imperative that this is developed as a strength of our diverse learning environment.

Next Steps

Each new cohort of children enters our doors with their own areas of interest and we will seek to build on this together. The development of the whole child through a broad and balanced curriculum is essential to us and we will continue to strengthen this. Our values and aims are central to our teaching and we build our philosophy around these principles. Our aim is ‘to inspire children to reach their individual potential and, through our Christian values, prepare them for the future.’ 

Here at Tockwith Primary Academy, we want our children to be happy, confident young people who are ready and prepared for the world around them. When parents and carers entrust their children into our care, we make a promise to them that we will nurture them not just academically but also care for them socially and pastorally. In short, we value and care for all of our children as individuals and want to see them enjoy their education, feel excited about learning and succeed in life.