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Personal Development

At Derwentwater, core values, school behaviour values, SMSC and British Values are reinforced and embedded throughout the curriculum and school life to ensure we provide an education that gives pupils the opportunities to explore and develop their own values and beliefs, spiritual awareness, high standards of personal behaviour, a positive, caring attitude towards other people, an understanding of their social and cultural traditions and an appreciation of the diversity and richness of different cultures. We recognise that the personal development of pupils, spiritually, morally, socially and culturally, plays a significant part in their ability to learn and achieve and flourish at school and beyond.

Core Values:

Ambition, Unity and Character are weaved throughout the curriculum to inspire pupils to achieve and thrive at school.

Behaviour Values:

Resilience Autumn 1

  • EYFS/KS1: I never give up. When something is hard or I make a mistake, I keep going and try again.
  • KS2: I never give up. When something is difficult, I learn from my mistakes and try different ways to solve the problem. Being resilient helps me to adapt when things change.

Kindness Autumn 2

  • EYFS/KS1: I like helping people. When I share my things or help someone it feels nice, because it makes them happy.
  • KS2: I like helping people. Helping friends and treating them well feels good and they might help me when I need them. Being kind helps me make others happy and allows us to play and work better together.

Independence Spring 1

  • EYFS/KS1: I try to do things on my own. If I need help, I know that I can ask once I’ve given it a go.
  • KS2: I try to do things on my own. Though I can ask for help if I need it, I like to try things for myself first. Being independent helps me make decisions and support other people without asking for guidance.

Patience Spring 2

  • EYFS/KS1: I can wait my turn and keep calm if I have to wait for something.
  • KS2: I can wait my turn. I keep calm and I know that I will get my chance. Being patient means I can get on with things while waiting and give other people the time they need.

Motivation Summer 1

  • EYFS/KS1: I enjoy a challenge and work hard to do my best. I like to think about what I want to do next.
  • KS2: I enjoy a challenge. When I set a goal and work hard it makes it easier to finish what I’m doing and to do it well. Being motivated helps me move on to the next task and shows other people that I am committed.

Creativity Summer 2

  • EYFS/KS1: I am full of new ideas. It is great fun learning how to express myself and my ideas in different ways.
  • KS2: I am full of new ideas. Doing things differently helps me express myself and connect what I learn. By being creative, I can help other people work and see things in new and interesting ways.


British Values


  • Being democratic is about fairness and giving everyone the equal right to voice their opinion. It helps people work together and be part of a team, working towards the same goal. Being democratic is also about listening to others and trying to understand how they think.

Rule of Law

  • People who follow the rule of law are being lawful. Rule of law is an agreed and shared sense of what is right and wrong. It is also about enforcing rules and laws through our public sector, which includes the police, courts, judges and governing bodies.

Individual Liberty

  • When people have individual liberty, they have the freedom and right to think and express what they feel, as long as it is within the laws of the country. That means having individual liberty is also about being responsible for what you say and do, as it will have a direct effect on other people. In Britain, we are free to express ourselves with confidence and independence, but we must take responsibility for the consequences of our actions.

Tolerance and Respect

  • Tolerance and respect is about understanding, listening to and living alongside people who have a different belief, faith and lifestyle to you. It’s about showing empathy, thoughtfulness and understanding that there is no one way to be British. We are all different and that is something we should celebrate.




  • Ability to be reflective about their own beliefs (religious or otherwise) and perspective on life
  • Knowledge of, and respect for, different people’s faiths, feelings and values
  • Sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them
  • Use of imagination and creativity in their learning
  • Willingness to reflect on their experiences


  • Ability to recognise the difference between right and wrong and to readily apply this understanding in their own lives, recognise legal boundaries and, in so doing, respect the civil and criminal law of England
  • Understanding of the consequences of their behaviour and actions
  • Interest in investigating and offering reasoned views about moral and ethical issues and ability to understand and appreciate the viewpoints of others on these issues.


  • Use of a range of social skills in different contexts, for example working and socialising with other pupils, including those from different religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds
  • Willingness to participate in a variety of communities and social settings, including by volunteering, cooperating well with others and being able to resolve conflicts effectively
  • Acceptance and engagement with the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs; they develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain.


  • Understanding and appreciation of the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage and that of others
  • Understanding and appreciation of the range of different cultures in the school and further afield as an essential element of their preparation for life in modern Britain
  • Ability to recognise, and value, the things we share in common across cultural, religious, ethnic and socio-economic communities
  • Knowledge of Britain’s democratic parliamentary system and its central role in shaping our history and values, and in continuing to develop Britain
  • Willingness to participate in and respond positively to artistic, musical, sporting and cultural opportunities
  • Interest in exploring, improving understanding of and showing respect for different faiths and cultural diversity and the extent to which they understand, accept and respect diversity. This is shown by their respect and attitudes towards different religious, ethnic and socio-economic groups in the local, national and global communities.

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