PROMOTING BRITISH VALUES AT BEENHAM PRIMARY SCHOOL
The DfE have 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.
At Beenham Primary School these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
• Democracy is core to our school Values. Children have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council and Pupil questionnaires.
• Elections for School Council representatives are undertaken in each class.
• We regularly hold team assemblies in school. These are entirely child led. Each colour team has a chair and secretary from year 6. We use this forum to gather the views of children in school about current issues.
• Children are always able to voice their opinions and we foster an environment where children are safe to disagree with each other.
The Rule of Law:
The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced in our expectations throughout every school day, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblieS.
Children 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 authorities such as the Police; Fire Service; etc. are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message.
Within school, children are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. Our Values Education policy underpins and supports this decision making and enables children to make the right choices. It also gives them the vocabulary to enter into a dialogue with others in their decision making.
As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Children are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and PSHE 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.
At Beenham Primary School we pride ourselves on our positive relationships. We treat each other with mutual respect and work in a climate where openness, trust and inclusion lay the foundations for our Values to be built upon.
Values Education underpins all aspects of school life and gives staff and children the opportunity to discuss and reflect on the Values in life that they believe in. It is our Values that determine our thinking and behaviour and the way in which we interpret the world around us.
We aim to help children learn the art of reflection and questioning to enable them to make sense of the world around them. We teach them to be understanding and solution focussed rather than judging others and getting cross. By the time children leave Beenham Primary School, they understand that Values are important if people in our society are going to live happily together, in peace and harmony.
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 bullying have been followed 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.