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Cultural Diversity & British Values

Cultural Diversity & British Values

Here at Old Basford School we strive for all our children, regardless of their background, to value, respect and celebrate the school and wider community.  We strongly encourage them to become independent, well rounded members of a diverse British society who treat others with respect and tolerance. We celebrate difference and diversity, which is at the heart of our school.

Old Basford School Celebration of Cultural Diversity 

Old Basford School receive 3rd place in National Award for Excellence in Inclusivity


Old Basford School has been recognised as one of the top school in England for Inclusivity in a national award.


 The Accord Inclusivity Award panel have awarded the Old Basford School the highly prestigious award for 2020 as a schools that work hardest at promoting understanding and combating discrimination between those of different religions and ethnicities, and is one of only four schools to be recognised during 2020-2021!

British Values


At OBS we ensure that through our school values, rules, curriculum and teaching we promote respect for all cultures, faiths and lifestyles. We value the ethnic backgrounds of all our pupils and families and undertake a variety of events and lessons to celebrate and explore these alongside other cultures in our country. Through this approach, we teach understanding of,  and respect for the differences in our community and the wider world. 


We understand that we have a duty to prepare our children for life in modern Britain and to keep them safe.


In June 2014, the DfE reinforced the need for “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.”


What are British Values?

OBS actively promote British Values, as defined by the government 2011 Prevent Strategy, these are the values of:
• Democracy
• The rule of law
• Individual Liberty
• Mutual Respect
• Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs



How are British Values taught in our school?


Promoting British Values is a central part of teaching and learning. By promoting these we aim for children to become well-rounded members of society. These British Values are promoted through the curriculum, across the whole school. They are also seen in our school’s ethos and policies, assemblies, special events and cultural celebrations. Below are some examples of how each of the British Values are promoted in school.


OBS PROUD rules:
Polite and Helpful
Organised and Tidy
Understand others needs
Do your best. 


At OBS, British Values are also taught and reinforced in the following ways:



'Everyone has equal rights and privileges'

  • In school we promote this by:
    • Voting for school council and eco-council class reps – everyone has a vote and can put themselves forward. 
    • Regular pupil voice discussions within classrooms, this is often student council led and supported by the Class teacher. 
    • Student council – you say what you want to happen and they try and make it happen.
    • Voting for class 'proud pound' rewards. 


Rule of Law 

‘All people have to follow the law. The laws are made and enforced fairly’

  • In school we promote this by:
    • We have clear school rules and a clear behaviour policy which are fair. Every child knows what the school rules are and what is expected of them. They also know the consequences that will happen if the rules are not followed which are enforced fairly.
    • At the start of the year ever child and parent/guardian has to sign several codes of conduct, regarding reading, homework, school uniform – reading/homework
    • We take part in initiatives such as The Great Project and DARE which help support some laws. 


Individual Liberty 

That everyone can make their own choices and understand they are accountable for those choices

  • In school we promote this by:
    • In lessons your teachers might ask your opinion on matters or information you find out .
    • You have a choice of what you want for dinner
    • Choosing what after school clubs you want to join
    • PROUD rules – doing your best!


Mutual Respect

Treating others how you want to be treated

  • In school we promote this by:
    • Our PROUD rules – being polite and helpful to others, understanding others feelings
    • Respect others
    • Celebrating each others success


Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs


‘Having a fair, positive attitude to those who have different beliefs’

  • In school we promote this by:
    • We are a very diverse school with many children having different faiths and beliefs we try to celebrate this in class and invite a variety of speakers to come in and share their beliefs. 
    • We celebrate different religious festivals – Eid, Diwali, Christmas, Easter, Ramadan
    • We learn about different faiths in RE
    • We visit different places of worship such as the synagogue and mosque.