We actively promote British Values to ensure that our children leave school prepared for life in modern Britain. Children 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 democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
Through our curriculum we promote these values ways which include:
- Teaching children how they can influence decision making through the democratic process, for eg, through election of our Class Representatives and School Council
- Teaching children about ‘democracy’ in different periods.
- Helping children to express their views, present work and offer opinions in different curriculum areas.
- Model how perceived injustice can be peacefully challenged e.g. through our interactions with pupils and the school’s behaviour system and discussing scenarios in assemblies and class PHSE work.
The Rule of Law
- Ensuring school rules and expectations are clear and fair e.g. by discussing these with pupils and establishing classroom rules with the pupils themselves.
- Helping pupils to distinguish right from wrong e.g. during everyday interactions and discussions of stories, fables and other literary materials.
- Helping pupils to respect the law and the basis on which it is made e.g. by showing how rules help everyone to interact in an orderly and fair manner and protect the vulnerable in society.
- Helping pupils to understand that living under the rule of law protects individuals
- Supporting pupils to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence e.g. through all areas of teaching and learning in school.
- Encouraging pupils to take responsibility for their behaviour, as well as knowing their rights.
- Challenging stereotypes e.g. through SMSC/PHSE work and assemblies.
- Implementing a strong anti-bullying culture
- Teaching children how to be safe and how to act safely.
- Promoting positive relationships
- Learning about respect through all aspects of the curriculum, in particular, PSHE and RE
- Having a positive reward system in place and celebrating achievements
- Participation in events to raise money for charities.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
- Helping pupils to acquire an understanding of, and respect for, their own and other cultures and ways of life e.g. through our Religious Education work and SMSC/PHSE.
- Challenging prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour e.g. through discussion and our approach to behaviour in school.
- Organising visits to places of worship e.g. visits to the local churches and other diverse places of worship as appropriate to the curriculum.