Promoting Fundamental British Values
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 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:
Democracy is developed within our school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard in the classroom (particularly in debates) and Pupil Surveys. The elections of representatives on the School Council are based solely on pupil votes. In addition, we have our Pupil Leadership Team, who work closely with the headteacher to discuss and make positive changes in the school, led by pupil voice.
Rule of Law
The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour, through school assemblies and PSHCE. 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. Rules and laws are always linked to our school values. The children know and understand that if we want to make the world a better place, we have rights and responsibilities.
Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, 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 provision of a 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 PSCHE 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. During assemblies and circle time, we consider issues within the local and global context where groups or communities may not have the individual liberty or safety that we have in the UK.
Part of our school values and behaviour policy revolves around Respect, and pupils have been part of discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown. We see mutual respect as a fundamental human principle and have therefore got involved in the raising money for Children In Need. Our children have discussed related issues and, with the support of our parents/carers, have raised money to support vulnerable children. Our school community is regularly involved in community events rooted in the belief that is is up to us to make the world a better place. As a school, we believe we have a duty to build a strong sense of community which, as we grow, will enable us to build a world ‘as it should be.’
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
This is achieved through enhancing pupils’ understanding of their place in a culturally-diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based issues have been followed and supported by learning in RE and PSHCE. Members of different cultural backgrounds are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school.
Below are examples of lessons that we would teach to promote British Values at Comber Grove Primary School.