The school promotes British Values in the following ways:
Pupils have the opportunity to stand for elections to be chosen for the school council and are democratically selected through a formal voting process. Children must form and prepare a speech to persuade them to vote for them. Pupils have opportunities to vote on matters that affect school life, such as to decide new house names and to select which books to purchase for the new school library. Pupils understand the meaning of debate and democracy. Younger pupils understand the importance of taking turns and sharing. There are opportunities for pupils to have their voices/ideas heard, for example, with the use of our online worry box; they also make suggestions to their school council members to bring to council meetings with the Senior Leadership Team. Pupils’ ideas and opinions are celebrated, for example, through assembly ‘thunk’ questions and class Jigsaw discussions. Pupils and parents’ voices are heard, through annual questionnaires and surveys.
The Rule of Law
School rules and boundaries are clear for pupils, parents, carers and staff. School rules ensure pupil safety, maintain good order that facilitates learning and are consistently fair. Pupils are taught the difference between right, wrong and fairness at every stage of development. The school offers opportunities for pupils to experience real life rules, for example, cycling proficiency, police visits and road safety assemblies. Measures are taken to prevent discrimination within the school, for example, an anti-bullying policy and code of conduct. Incidents of discrimination or bullying are dealt with by staff in a fair and timely fashion and logged on our safeguarding system. In the playground, and during PE or sport, pupils follow the rules and play fairly. Staff, senior leaders and governors model the attitudes and behaviours expected of pupils.
Pupils have the opportunity to initiate ideas, through pupil voice surveys or school council. There are opportunities in lesson time to express ideas and opinions. The individual needs of pupils are planned for, for example, through differentiation, Individual Education Plans (IEPs) in Early Years, Pupil Passports in Y1 – 6 and interventions. Pupils have access to a broad and rich curriculum, which includes indoor and outdoor learning, trips and workshops. Pupils are encouraged to take responsibility for their actions. Pupils are encouraged, through everyday learning, to make good choices.
Mutual Respect and Tolerance for Those With Different Faiths and Beliefs
The values of tolerance and respect are promoted in the school through assemblies, display boards and the curriculum. The curriculum includes teaching awareness and appreciation for a variety of faiths and cultures. A diverse range of cultural and religious festivals are celebrated through assemblies, or celebration days such as Diwali Day. Individuality is celebrated – the final core value is BE YOU. All members of the community are made to feel welcome, regardless of their language; for example, staff are trained to support EAL pupils. Instances of religious or cultural prejudice or discrimination are treated seriously and in line with school policy. School policies are written to prevent any form of discrimination towards pupils, staff, parents, carers and the wider community.
The Jigsaw Programme also covers all aspects of British Values. (Please see below)