In accordance with The Department for Education, we aim to actively promote British Values in our school to ensure our learners leave school prepared for life in modern Britain.

Our 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 British Values are:

  • Democracy
  • Rule of law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect
  • Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

 

We actively promote British values through: focusing on and showing how the school’s work is effective in securing these values and also by challenging pupils, staff, visitors or parents who express opinions contrary to British Values.

 

Democracy – What do we do?
  • Provide pupils with a broad general knowledge of, and promote respect for, public institutions and services.
  • Teach pupils how they can influence decision-making through the democratic process.
  • Explicitly taught through assemblies and our school curriculum.
  • Encourage pupils to become involved in decision-making processes and ensure they are listened to in school.
  • All children are encouraged to debate topics of interest, 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 voice sessions.
  • Help pupils to express their views.
  • Children participate in the School Ambassadors.
  • Class assemblies regarding current affairs and/or news.

 

Rule of Law – What do we do?
  • Ensure school rules and expectations are clear and fair.
  • Class rules and celebration of adhering to these rules.
  • Help pupils to distinguish right from wrong.
  • Help pupils to respect the law and the basis on which it is made.
  • Help pupils to understand that living under the rule of law protects individuals.
  • Annual visit from police to take about anti-social behaviour with Year 5/6.
  • Regular visits from local PCSO.
  • Current affairs/news assemblies
  • Mini Police Project with Year 5 pupils.
  • Restorative approach to behaviour management.

 

Individual Liberty – What do we do?
  • Support pupils to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem, self-confidence.
  • Encourage pupils to take responsibility for their behaviour, as well as knowing their rights.
  • Model freedom of speech through pupil participation, while ensuring protection of vulnerable pupils .
  • Challenge stereotypes – understanding of the protected characteristics.
  • Within school, pupils are actively encouraged, and given the freedom to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment.
  • Implement a strong anti-bullying culture.
  • Anti- bullying week.
  • E-Safety units of work are taught throughout school and parents and staff receive training on these.
  • A dedicated E-safety day to teach children the importance of online safety.
  • Pupils have key roles and responsibilities in school e.g playground buddies in Year 6.
  • Current affairs/news assemblies.

 

Mutual Respect – What do we do?
  • Challenge prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour.
  • 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, using the nine protected characteristics.
  • Current affairs/news assemblies.
  • Celebrate/mark different religious festivals across the whole school.
  • Restorative approach to behaviour management.

 

Tolerance of Different Cultures and Religions – What do we do?
  • Our RE scheme ensures that our children have a good understanding of a range of religious beliefs and customs.
  • Extra multicultural days/focus are planned into year groups.
  • Help pupils to acquire an understanding of, and respect for, their own and other cultures and ways of life.
  • Visitors come in to school to discuss aspects of faiths/beliefs and cultures.
  • Current affairs/news assemblies.