At Yavneh Primary School, we are committed to promoting British Values in an effort to ensure that our pupils grow as individuals who positively contribute to the local, national and global communities in which they interact and live and are prepared for life in modern Britain.

We ensure that fundamental British Values are introduced, discussed and lived out through the ethos and work of the school.  All curriculum areas provide a vehicle for furthering understanding of these concepts and, in particular, our Limudei Kodesh, PSHE and Citizenship lessons provide excellent opportunities to deepen and develop understanding.

Embracing British Values is achieved through both the curriculum and the school’s ethos. These Values are also reflected in our embrace of ‘The Yavneh Way,’ four simple words that set out the manner in which we expect members of the school community to treat people, with politeness, kindness, courtesy and respect, all crucial in fulfilling the Yavneh Schools’ motto of ‘a world built on kindness.’

We are committed to promoting British Values through our spiritual, moral, social and cultural education (SMSC). This permeates through the school’s curriculum as well as through the many dedicated activities which champion community engagement and respect for others.

We are profoundly aware that as a faith school, it is vital that our pupils have exposure to a wide experience beyond their faith community during which these concepts are further realised, and we regularly do this through for example, sporting events, educational visits and participation in numerous activities with other schools both within the Borehamwood community and beyond.

The government set out its definition of British Values in its Prevent Strategy:

  • Democracy
  • The rule of law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect
  • Tolerance* of those of different faiths and beliefs

*At Yavneh, we believe that ‘tolerance’ alone is not enough and we aim to teach respect of and appreciation of those of different faiths and beliefs.