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 to 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.
We promote British Values in the following way:
(Please note that this list is not exhaustive)
- Our School Council promotes the democratic process – pupils nominate and vote for their representatives within the School Council.
- Children create and adhere to class charters
- Pupils and parents are surveyed and the results of those surveys inform aspects of the School Development Plan.
- We have a house system and House Captains are elected
- Children are encouraged to voice their opinions in formal and informal ways (suggestion boxes, questionnaires, class votes).
Rule of law
- We have clear rules and expectations of behaviour which is adhered to by all pupils, staff and other stakeholders.
- School collective worships follow regular themes and include e-safety, road safety, stranger danger and caring for the environment.
- Attendance and punctuality is good and all stakeholders are aware of the importance of being at school.
- Pupils follow, respect and understand the need for different rules in different situations, i.e. PE lessons, school visits, classrooms and the playground.
- Pupils are awarded weekly certificates in recognition for them living the school values.
- Visits from emergency services reinforces the rule of law and the reasoning/purpose behind them.
- The school supports pupils in regulating their own behaviour to make choices for the well-being of themselves and others.
- Children are provided with boundaries which encourage them to make choices safely.
- Pupils are encouraged to respectfully express their views and beliefs.
- Pupils have key roles and responsibilities within school, such as: School Council, play leaders, house captains
- Pupils have the opportunity and are encouraged to take part in a broad range of extra-curricular activities.
- Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example, through our PHSE and E-Safety lessons.
- Pupils know who to speak to if they are worried or concerned about themselves or others, e.g. safeguarding team, teachers, support team.
- Pupils work in teams, share ideas in public and show respect for other pupils’ opinions during class discussions, worship and concerts.
- All members of the school community treat each other with respect and model this in behaviour with colleagues and pupils.
- Pupils work together in different groups and situations in different lessons and subjects.
- All pupils participate in live productions and collective worships throughout the school year.
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
- We celebrate major world religion festivals throughout the year.
- Our RE and PSHE curriculum provides children with a broad and balanced understanding of world religions and promotes respect for the beliefs of others.
- We provide resources to ensure that all pupils are effectively integrated into the teaching and learning process and the wider school community, including those that join at different starting points and those who have English as an additional language.