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British Values


At St Teresa’s Catholic Primary School we have shared and reflected upon what British Values means to us.


We support opportunities for all members of our school community to reinforce the ownership of ‘Being British’. Pupils, parents, staff and the Governance Committee recognise that we are held together by the shared human values of respect for others, freedom of expression, democracy and rule of law. 


We want our school community to be proud of its nation and understand how each of us can contribute as an effective citizen, locally and globally. We understand that this important process begins at a very early age and it is one we seek to nurture within our school community.


We understand that everyone is different, but celebrate our school diversity as a strength, not a weakness. Children learn that information can be distorted to try to influence others and are encouraged to think for themselves and question the facts before making assumptions. 


The promotion of ‘British values’ is central to Catholic education because British values have their origin in the Christian values of our nation.


“We are proud that Catholic schools promote values that are both Catholic and British, including: respect for the individual, democracy, individual liberty, respect, tolerance and inclusiveness. Our schools promote cohesion by serving more ethnically diverse and poorer communities. Catholic schools provide high standards of education which are popular with parents from all social, economic and faith backgrounds.”               

 Paul Barber (Catholic Education Service 15 December 2014).


At St. Teresa's we seek to live out the values of Jesus Christ. We promote these values through our words, deeds and Catholic doctrine. This practice permeates every aspect of the school life and all activities within it.


Our curriculum is designed to enable every pupil to discern their vocation and to be well-equipped to follow it as active citizens in service to the world.


Catholic Religious Education is the “core of the core curriculum” (Pope St John Paul II)  and the foundation of the entire educational process.


Teaching British Values in a Catholic School



British Value


Enable children to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence.

Belonging to a family and also the family of the


Our responsibility as stewards of the Earth; God’s personal gifts to us;

Enabling Catholic children to know and

understand what they believe about their

Catholic faith;

Becoming aware of our God-given gifts and reflecting on how we can use them to help others.

Enable children to distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil and criminal law of England.

The great Commandment;

The teaching of Jesus;

The Ten Commandments;

The New Commandment;

What is sin & reflecting on the consequences.

Enable children to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative, and to understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality of the school and to society more widely.

Actions & consequences;

Being responsible for our behaviour;

Using our gifts to help others;

Know that we are called to work for justice and speak out against injustice.

Enable children to acquire a broad general knowledge of and respect for public institutions and services in England.

The mission of the church.

Further tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions by enabling children to acquire an appreciation of and respect for their own and other cultures.

Being a Christian and loving one’s neighbour;

Being a Disciple of Jesus & living the Beatitudes;

Striving for justice: Oscar Romero; Martin Luther King.

Encourage respect for other people.

The great Commandment;

The teaching of Jesus;

The teaching of the Apostles;

Jesus washes the disciples’ feet – an example of thinking of the needs of others before our own.

Using a wide variety of sources to help pupils understand a range of faiths.

Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism & Buddhism;

What the Catholic Church teaches about other


Accepting that people have different faiths or beliefs to oneself & that this should not be the cause of prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour.

Examples of people of other faiths and that the

goodness in the minds and hearts of these people is deeply respected by the Church;

Knowing that God’s Holy Spirit has been at work in all religious traditions.

Understanding that the freedom to choose and hold other faiths and beliefs is protected in law.

The gift of God’s grace is absolutely free and available to everyone.



Teaching British Values through our curriculum

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Trust Information

St Teresa's Catholic Primary School is an academy, and part of the Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership. The Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership is an exempt charity and a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales under company registration number 08176019 at registered address: Barham Court, Teston, Maidstone, Kent, ME18 5BZ. St Teresa's Catholic School is a business name of Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership.