Our school is passionate about creating strong community links and through our work in school we promote positive British Values. As a school we have worked closely with the Academy Board, staff and children to create a statement which provides an overview of how we link British Values to the curriculum and extend that knowledge through links with the wider community.
British Values Statement
At our School we value the diversity of backgrounds of all pupils, Families and wider school community of backgrounds of all pupils, families and wider school community.
The Department for Education states that there is a need:
To create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
The Department for Education defines British Values as follows:
- Respect for democracy and support or participation in the democratic process
- Respect for the basis on which the law is made and applies in England
- Support for equality of opportunity for all
- Support and respect for the liberties of all within the law
- Respect for and tolerance of different faiths and religious and other beliefs
Our school reflects British values in all that we do. We aim to nurture our children on their journey through life so they can grow into safe, caring, democratic, responsible and tolerant adults who make a positive difference to British society and to the world.
We encourage our children to be creative, unique, open-minded and independent individuals, respectful of themselves and of others in our school, our local community and the wider world.
At our school, we actively promote British values in the following ways:
- All children are encouraged to debate topics through Philosophy for Children sessions and through the wider curriculum. They are encouraged to express their views and make a meaningful contribution to the running of the school on matters that directly involve pupils. Children also have the opportunity to have their voices heard through pupil questionnaires and pupil surveys.
- The principle of democracy is explored in the curriculum as well as during assemblies and special days. The School Council are elected and are actively engaged in making change.
Rule of Law
- Our school promotes and develops in children ‘Golden Values’, which are integral to our learning and ethos every day.
- We have high expectations that are clear, fair and regularly promoted.
- Pupils are always helped to distinguish their behaviour in relation to these values, in the classroom, during assemblies and on the playground.
- Pupils are encouraged to respect the law and enjoy visits from authorities such as the Police, Fire Service, Ambulance, etc. to help reinforce this message
- The Relationship Management Policy, Peer on Peer Abuse Policy and Anti-Bullying policies set out a zero tolerance baseline for any form of aggression, abuse or violence, which extends to pupils, staff and parents and carers.
- Within school, pupils are actively encouraged, and given the freedom to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. eg. by signing up for extra-curricular clubs at lunchtimes and after school.
- Pupils are supported to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence
- Pupils are encouraged to take responsibility for their behaviour and our pastoral support emphasies the importance of making the right choices.
- Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our e-safety teaching and PSHE lessons.
- Vulnerable pupils are protected and stereotypes challenged. A strong anti-bullying culture is embedded in the school and any form of bullying is challenged and addressed. The school also operates a robust system of logging incidents.
Mutual Respect and Tolerance of Those with Different Faiths and Beliefs
- Respect and being positive about each other is one of the core values of our school. The pupils know and understand that it is expected that respect is shown to everyone, adults and children.
- Pupils are helped to acquire an understanding of, and respect and tolerance for, their own and other cultures and ways of life.
- Staff and pupils are encouraged to challenge prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour.
- Links and visits are promoted with local faith communities and places of worship. E.g. Members of different faiths or religions are invited to school to share their knowledge and enhance learning within assemblies and in class.
- Through the PSHE and RE curriculums pupils are encouraged to discuss and respect differences between people, such as differences of faith, ethnicity, disability, gender or sexuality and differences of family situations.
- Our assemblies develop understanding of our golden values and this is explored further in class philosophy for children sessions each week.
- We offer a culturally rich and diverse curriculum in which all major religions are studied and respected and global dimension work embedded in many of our curriculum – this is an important part of our international work. These curriculum topics offer children the chance to reflect on our core values and British values.
Further examples of how our school promotes British Values
- The new Code of Practice and disabilities act reflect our British values with regards to our legal duties.
- We hold school council elections each year where a member from each class presents their proposals and are then voted for by their peers
- There are regular opportunities to discuss and raise awareness of British values such as assemblies lead by a member of parliament to explain the British constitution and our British Values
- Music lessons that link to the different thematic topics throughout school and explore music from other cultures and its influence on Britain today.
- Collaboration with the local community through activities and celebration evenings such as International Evening where our pupils learning linked to different countries and cultures they have studied is shared and celebrated with or community.
- Our curriculum promotes our children’s individuality and tolerance towards differences.