The Department of Education have recently reinforced the need "to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs"
The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent strategy, and these values have been reiterated by the Prime Minister this year. In our school these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Democracy is integral within school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council and across the school day through informal and formal interactions. Many activities across the curriculum have outcomes that are voted for by the pupils including voting for choice of prizes when awarded whole class / group rewards. Pupils often use their pupil voice to develop the outdoor activities at lunchtime and provide the Governors with a rational to ensure their views and ideas are taken on. The School council have interviewed Members of Parliament and Local Councillors. In January 2016 our School Council are visiting The Houses of Parliament to have a greater understanding of British democracy.
The Rule of Law
The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout the regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school worship. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from and to authorities such as the Police; Fire Service and the Road Safety team, are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message.
Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choice, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make choices safety, through the provision of safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advise how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and PHSE lessons. Whether it be through choice of challenge, of how they record, of participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.
A core element of our ethos focuses on respect. Our three core values are Love, care and forgiveness, which supports mutual respect. During worship, PSHE, RE and informal daily discussions, mutual respect is reinforced and discussed. Respect for others and their property is promoted through our classroom rules, as well as our behaviour policy.
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
We are a school where the importance of tolerance, understanding and kindness are taught with skill and dedication and integrated into every aspect of school life. For example through Christian values themed worship; through focusing and raising money for charities in UK and overseas aid; through the development of pupils to lead and care for one another; through bringing parents together to meet and learn as part of our school community; through emphasising the importance of knowing about and celebrating each other's differences in order to remove stereotypes and barriers.
Our school belongs to a diverse local community. Our school strives to enhance pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society, by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Worship and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE and PSHE. Through RE and PSHE, members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge and culture and to be our 'experts'.
Modern British Values are interwoven into the daily lives of our school's learning community and are naturally reflected through everything we do.