Promoting Fundamental British Values
In accordance with The Department for Education we aim to actively promote British values in schools to ensure young people leave school prepared for life in modern Britain. Pupils are encouraged to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance and understand that while different people may hold different views about what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, all people living in England are subject to its law.
The Key Values are:
- rule of law
- individual liberty
- mutual respect
- tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
Democracy is high profile within the school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our Junior Leadership Team, Wellbeing Ambassadors, Eco Club and S.T.A.R club roles as well as through pupil questionnaires. The election of class representatives is based solely on pupil votes. Children’s voice is always heard as part of monitoring work in school.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced for example when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Pupils helped shape our school consequence grid, developing their understanding of standards of behaviour and protective and educational consequences
Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for pupils to make choices safely, thus our education is empowering our young people. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and we advise how children can exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and RSHE lessons. Whether it be through choice of challenge, of how they record or of participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices. At lunch times children have freedom of choice in respect of the selection of play activities which are on offer.
Our Vision Statement and Behaviour Policy revolve around our school Values and pupils have been part of discussions and collective worship which focuses on what our Vision Statement means and what it looks like in our school. In our school everyone is equally valued and there is mutual respect in all relationships: staff-staff, staff-parent, governor-child, etc. We encourage everyone to be a ‘role model’ for mutual respect. Should members of the public request it, school information can be translated by the school thus enabling everybody to understand it.
Tolerance Of Those With Different Faiths And Beliefs
This is achieved through enhancing pupils’ understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Collective Worship and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE and RSHE. The school successfully supports children and families with English as an Additional Language. Staff and children are members of different faiths or religions and everybody is encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. Members of all faiths or religions can reflect on their specific faith/belief, safe in the knowledge that they are respected. We are a school which respects all faiths and those with no faith.