At Hoyland Common Primary School we are committed to British Values and equipping our pupils with the skills they will need to take their place in a multi-cultural, multi-faith community in today’s Britain.   We are keen to promote equal opportunity for all regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, political or financial status.

The four British Values as defined by the Government are:


The Rule of Law

Individual Liberty

Mutual Respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

Hoyland Common Primary School approach learning around theses values through our approach to Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural learning in school.  Children will learn about these values from our PHSE curriculum, our RE curriculum, whole and class assemblies and community group time.

Some examples of recent learning around British Values include:

  • Year 5 Democracy unit where children: met with the local Councillor and MP for a question and answer session; visited the Town Hall in Barnsley to meet with the Mayor; created a political party in groups, held debates and hustings, followed by a vote.
  • Election of a School Council class representative in each year group
  • Selection of a Head Boy and Girl for each House
  • A whole school Arts Week dedicated to Equality and Diversity exploring what it means to be part of a community and the importance of individuality
  • Teaching of the key components of different religions through the  RE curriculum and the important of respect for the beliefs of others

All students develop resilience and independence and the ability to make choices in a safe and supportive environment.