Promoting Fundamental British Values.
The Department for Education introduced a statutory duty for schools to promote British values more actively from September 2014, and 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 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:
- Rule of law;
- Individual liberty;
- Mutual respect;
- Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs;
- Positive contributions to life in Modern Britain.
At Holgate Primary School, we actively promote British values through:
- Focusing on and showing how the school’s work is effective in securing these values;
- Challenging pupils, staff or parents who express opinions contrary to British values;
- Create opportunities throughout the academic year to actively learn and celebrate different values.
Democracy – what do we do?
To support our children’s understanding of Democracy we encourage children to know their views count, value each other’s views and values and talk about their feelings, for example when they do or do not need help by:
- Having a PSHRE curriculum that promotes an understanding of democracy.
- Having school forums such as Sports Leaders and Learning Forums that children apply to be on and work alongside SLT and School Leaders to drive initiatives through school.
- Involving our children in democratic processes: e.g. choosing team names, school rules.
- Engaging children in assemblies that discuss democratic themes such as general elections
- Involving our children in the recruitment of staff
Mutual Respect – what do we do?
To support our children’s understanding of Mutual Respect we …
- Have a PSHRE curriculum that promote respect and consideration of others.
- Engage in Anti-bullying weeks to raise an awareness
- Work with school forums that encourage children to work collaboratively to achieve a shared outcome
- Have an ethos in school that instils mutual respect for others including visitors into school
- Providing interventions that support identified children with managing their emotions
Individual liberty – what do we do?
To support our children’s understanding of their Individual Liberty so that they know they are free to think as they see fit and understand that they have the freedom to make choices with the knowledge to know that they are accountable for their actions we:
- Have a PSHRE curriculum that engages children in discussion around their life choices and the accountability that they have for these choices.
- Celebrating children’s successes though celebrations assemblies and whole school.
- Inviting children to take on roles across school then enable them to share their views and have an impact on school life – e.g. Play Leaders, Eco Forum.
- Encourage our children to make choices in a safe and supportive environment within and beyond school.
- Set up home/school agreements that children sign up to.
- Provide Online-safety training to the children to enable them
Rule of Law – what do we do?
To support our children’s understanding of the Rule of Law we ensure that our children understand that school rules are used to mirror society laws and that these must be respected. We also ensure that children understand that there will be consequences for their actions by:
- Having a PSHRE curriculum that promotes an understanding and respect for the Rule of Law.
- Ensuring our Schools’ Behaviour policy is shared, understood and followed by all stakeholders.
- Ensuring that our children are provided with regular opportunities to reflect on their learning and their behaviour.
- Engaging children in assemblies with a focus linked to the law e.g. school rules, Parliament and themes around safety.
Tolerance - What do we do?
To support our children’s understanding of Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs we ensure our children acquire a tolerance and appreciation of and respect for their own and other cultures; know about similarities and differences between themselves and others and among families, faiths, communities, cultures and traditions and share and discuss practices, celebrations and experiences by:
- Have a PSHRE curriculum that promotes respect and consideration of other through an approach that encourages children to discuss sensitive issues in controlled and structured sessions.
- Have an ethos in school and share collective values that promotes tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.
- Have an ‘Equalities Policy’ that ensures this permeate through our schools.
- Promote an awareness of different faiths and beliefs through events such as Black History Week, cultural days and celebrations, Assembly / Festival celebrations.
Positive Contributions to life in Modern Britain - What do we do?
To support our children with their positive contributions to life in Modern Britain we ensure our children look after their learning environment ensuring that they are provided with opportunities to show care and concern for living things and take on roles of responsibility by:
- Engaging children in assemblies led by a local pastor.
- Providing opportunities for children to participate in Harvest Festival and other events that enable our children to donate to those less fortunate.
- Having a forum of Community Champions who lead events and work alongside members of the school’s wider community.
- Running school sponsorship days such as Christmas Jumper Day, Jeans for Genes Day and Red Nose Day to raise funds for those less fortunate than ourselves.
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