Hockliffe Values


Every pupil in Hockliffe follows the Meerkat principles and learning behaviours to enable them to make positive life and learning choices, so that they can succeed in the future.

To be a good meerkat learner, pupils need to be:

  • Motivated
  • Enquiring
  • Engaged
  • Resourceful
  • Knowledgeable
  • Alert
  • Thoughtful

Values Education and Meerkat Drivers

British Values

Schools are obliged to actively promote British values through the curriculum and other school activities. They should challenge pupils, staff or parents/carers who express opinions contrary to British values.

Definitions of British Values


  • Democracy
  • The rule of law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs

Department for Education:

  • Respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic process
  • For the basis on which the law is made and applies in England
  • Support for equality of opportunity for all
  • Respect for the liberties of all within the law
  • For and tolerance of different faiths and religious and other beliefs

British Values at Hockliffe

The school’s value is shared every half term throughout the school community.


  • Children are enabled to express opinions in class through discussion, circle time and surveys
  • Children contribute to class debates as part of the English curriculum in key stage 2
  • In EYFS Children learn about ‘people who help us’ (public services)
  • The PSHE/PSED and values curriculum teaches children strategies for solving perceived injustice peacefully

Rule of law

  • Children learn about the school rules and why we have them
  • Children establish their own class rules which children agree and sign
  • They develop their understanding of right and wrong; fair and unfair
  • They learn that rules help everyone to be safe
  • A home school agreement is signed by parents and the school Individual liberty
  • The school ethos and PSHE/PSED lessons encourage children to develop their self- knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence
  • All children are given opportunities for responsibilities e.g. taking the registers, classroom monitors, milk / fruit monitor
  • In KS2 children take on additional responsibilities including Young Leader training so they are able to organise games and challenges for children across the school during playtimes and for special curriculum afternoons
  • Participation in anti-bullying week activities each year

Respect and tolerance

  • The school ethos promotes respect for all
  • Spiritual, moral, social and cultural curriculum promotes respect for all cultures
  • Curriculum topics explore a range of other countries and cultures
  • Visits are made to places of worship
  • In the RE/KUW curriculums children learn about other faiths
  • Similarities and differences between people and families, including those of different faith and ethnicity or with disabilities are discussed throughout the curriculum