In 2011, the government defined British Values as democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.  We promote these values through our own school values, curriculum and enrichment activities.

Children and staff have worked together during PSHE lessons and assemblies to think more about how we promote these values.

Value

How We Promote It

Democracy

 

Links to our everyday values:

Every day we come to school eager and ready to learn.

Every day we listen to and respect each other.

 

UN CRC Article 12:Children have the right to say what they think should happen, when adults are making decisions that affect them, and to have their opinions taken into account.

  • We have an elected School Council.  This is used as an opportunity to promote and teach about democracy and the electoral process.
  • Within our School Council we have elected Chairs and Vice Chairs of Committees.
  • School Council select our chosen charities each year.
  • School Councillors represent children throughout the school during PSHE lessons
  • School Councillors are involved in our recruitment process
  • We encourage volunteering in and out of school and provide a range of opportunities. For example The School Council, Buddies, Librarians.
  • Our children take part in the Annual Learner Voice Conference – an opportunity to debate with children from cluster schools and our Local High School.
  • Democracy is also promoted through additional PSHE lessons and assemblies. 
  • Children are able to select appropriate level of activity in Maths lessons.
  • Each week our assemblies consist of a ‘thunk’. All children’s views and opinions are valued as thunks have no right or wrong answers.
  • Our Christmas Productions feature every child. Children are able to choose the sort of part that they would prefer.

The rule of law

 

Links to school values:

Every day we listen to and respect each other.

Every day we help somebody.

Every day we go home feeling proud.

 

UN CRC Article 19:  Governments should ensure that children are properly cared for, and protect them from violence, abuse and neglect by their parents, or anyone else who looks after them.

  • Ofsted 2013 recognised our high standards of behaviour and awarded us a grade of ‘Outstanding’ in this area.
  • Children are rewarded and praisedfor exhibiting good and caring behaviour and consistent demonstration of our values is recognised through our Good Citizen awards, ‘Star of the Day’, our House Point system and assemblies. Children are fully aware of rewards and sanctions as detailed in our Behaviour Policy.
  • In our ABLE (Attitudes, Behaviour, Learning and environments) books we record examples of exemplary and unsatisfactory behaviour
  • Through our schoolassemblies and PSHEchildren are taught how to earn trust and respect and are supported to develop a strong sense of morality; knowing right from wrong and doing the right thing even when it’s difficult.
  • The localPCSOs  and Fire Service regularly visit the school to talk to the children and explain about their role in society.
  • All our staff receive annual training in Safeguarding
  • All classes display and strive to abide by their ‘Golden Rules’ – a set of ‘agreed’ standards within their class

Individual liberty

 

Links to school values:

Every day we come to school eager and ready to learn.

Every day we listen to and respect each other.

Every day we help somebody.

 

UN CRC Article 31:All children have a right to relax and play, and to join in a wide range of activities.

 

UN CRC Article 15:Children have the right to meet together and to join groups and organisations, as long as this does not stop other people from enjoying their rights.

  • Through our school values and the PSHE programme, children are taught about personal responsibility, choices, ambition and aspiration.  They are encouraged to take opportunities to follow their interests in art, music, sport etc.
  • “We all have a right to learn and enjoy it.”
  • Our wide range of extra curricular clubs are totally inclusive – all are welcome! “Everybody is able to be good and celebrate something.”
  • Children are taught how to keep themselves safe, including on-line.  This is done through computing lessons, assembliesand outside organisations such as the NSPCC, as well as through the PSHE curriculum.
  • Our curriculum is wide and varied providing all our children with opportunities to ‘shine’
  • We have employed a PE apprentice to ensure that sports are played within the ‘spirit of the game’ and that all children have the opportunity to play
  • We have a pupil mentor to support and advise children who may be feeling a little vulnerable – providing them with ‘time to talk’.
  • “We have the right to say ‘Please be quiet because I can’t concentrate’.”
  • “Residential visits help us to become independent.”
 

Mutual respect

 

Links to school values:

Inspiring each other every day.

Every day we listen to and respect each other.

Every day we help somebody.

Every day we go home feeling proud.

UN CRC Article 2:The Convention applies to everyone whatever their race, religion, abilities, whatever they think or say and whatever type of family they come from.

 

UN CRC Article 30:  Children have a right to learn and use the language and customs of their families, whether these are shared by the majority of people in the country or not.

 

  • We have high expectations about pupil conduct and this is reflected in our Behaviour Policy and Single Equality Policy. 
  • Children display excellent manners – holding doors open and using their manners as a matter of course.
  • Through our school’s values, PSHE and inclusive ethos children are taught to respect each other, to be cooperative and collaborative, be supportive and to look for similarities while being understanding of differences.
  • Mutual respect is also promoted through additional PSHE lessons and assemblies.  A range of specific assemblies are delivered focusing on helping other pupils to understand specific special needs.
  • Through our strong RE curriculum children develop an understanding of and respect for people from all races, religions and abilities
  • Our curriculum is totally inclusive as are our extra-curricular opportunities.
  • Our School life blog enables all our community to respond to other children’s work and achievements.
  • Celebration Assemblies enable our community to share and celebrate effort and achievement.
  • “In PE and sport we shake hands, congratulate each other and encourage everyone.”
  • Peer assessment forms an important part of our marking and feedback and is carried out supportively through our ‘peer on a post-it’ policy.

 

Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs

 

Links to school values:

Every day we come to school eager and ready to learn.

Every day we listen to and respect each other.

Every day we help somebody.

Every day we go home feeling proud.

 

UN CRC Article 14:Children have the right to think and believe what they want, and to practise their religion, as long as they are not stopping other people from enjoying their rights. Parents should guide their children on these matters.

 

  • We have high expectations about pupil conduct and this is reflected in our Behaviour Policy and Equality, Diversity and Cohesion Policy. 
  • Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs is promoted through the Syllabus for Religious Education.  Children learn about different religions, their beliefs, places of worship and festivals.  The children’s work on this subject or whole school learning in assemblies is often displayed in the classrooms or around the school.
  • This is supplemented by assemblies (Key Stage and whole school), whichalso mark and celebrate significant religious festivals such as Ramadan and Diwali.
  • “In PSHE we learn about influential people such as Martin Luther King.”
  • Children have the opportunity to visit different places of worship.
  • Our Kitchen ladies regularly provide themed lunches to celebrate different festivals
  • “PSHE lessons teach us about respecting everyone, no matter where they’re from.”

 

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