Promoting British Values

Promoting British Values

The DfE 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 sets out its definition of British Values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy and these values have been reiterated by the Prime Minister this year. At Delapre Primary School these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:

Democracy

Democracy is richly embedded within the school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council. Our School Council is made up of one boy and one girl from each class in KS2. We meet regularly to discuss matters that are important to us to make our already wonderful school even better. Each School Councillor is responsible for coming to meetings and then sharing ideas with their class mates and reporting back to the School Council. Our School Behaviour and Values policies involve rewards and sanctions; this is shared through all aspects of school life and also shared with parents, carers and children from Reception to Year 6.

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 regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through whole school assemblies. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibility that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service are a regular part of our calendar events and help reinforce this message.

Individual Liberty

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 all pupils to make choices safely, through provision of a safe environment and an empowering approach through education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and PSHE lessons. Pupils are further empowered through being part of a school council which links directly to the Senior Leadership Team and/or the school governors. Pupils are given the freedom to make a wide range of choices from attending extra-curricular clubs to supporting fund raising events.

Mutual Respect

As a school which holds values at the core of its ethos, we value others for themselves, not for what they have or what they can do for us. Rather, we value those relationships as fundamental to our development and for the good of the community. We value each person as a unique person of intrinsic worth, with potential for spiritual, moral, intellectual and physical development and change. This is shared with home through newsletters and website information. Adults throughout the school model, demonstrate and promote respect for others as do older children who have suitable, age related tasks and responsibilities and this is reiterated through our classroom and learning rules, as well as our behaviour.

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:

At Delapre Primary School we believe that religious education should provide a contemporary study of religion, preparing children for later life. The school bears in mind that Great Britain is a multi-cultural nation which has Christianity as the main religion of the indigenous population. As a result, Christianity receives appropriate weighting within the Religious Education curriculum. Due consideration within the framework is given to other faiths. Respect, tolerance and understanding of the beliefs of others will be promoted as part of our programme. The school has adopted the Local Authorities Religious Education Policy. Discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed up and supported by learning in RE and PSHE. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school.

January 2015