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British Values

British Values

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:

1.  Democracy
Children have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. We have a School Council which meets regularly with Mrs Woodhead and Mrs Boyd to discuss a variety of initiatives such as playtimes and feeling safe. Two children from each class are voted by their class to attend.

2.  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 day, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through SMSC and assemblies. Children are taught the value and reasons behind laws and how they are there to govern us and keep us safe.
In line with British Values, we invite visits from police, nurses, doctors and firefighters. This is incorporated into what the children are learning about for example we had a visit from a police dog and his handler whilst learning about ‘people who help us’. Our lollipop lady also visits and delivers assemblies to keep us all safe.

3.  Individual Liberty
Within school, children are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. Children are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to do these safely, for example through e-safety and Jigsaw lessons.

4.  Mutual Respect
Respect is one of our school values and children learn that their behaviour has an effect on their own rights and those of others. Children participate in a range of community events such as Energise, sports events and shared participation with other schools. Our school supports the community in a variety of ways such as collecting goods for One Can Trust and fundraising for charities.

5.  Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
We aim to enhance children’s understanding of different faiths and beliefs by participating in a range of celebrations throughout the year. Through our values and PSHE, all children are taught to respect everyone regardless of their faith and beliefs in the curriculum through RE, PSHE, English, Art, Geography and History, as well as assembly themes, children consider cultures from other parts of the world, different faiths and beliefs.

To celebrate being British we:

  • Study key historical figures and events in British history
  • Learn key geographical facts about Britain
  • Learn about patron saints
  • Learn about native wildlife on our school grounds, forest school and beyond
  • Support national events eg Olympics and World Cup