How do we promote British Values?
What are ‘British values’? The Government has asked all schools to ensure children understand British values. All have a duty to ‘actively 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.
Here’s how we do this at Shotley CP School:
The school has a School Council and an Active Council, made up of elected children from across the school who wish to act as ambassadors, to give the children a voice and to support the school with the organisation of events such as charity fund raising and improving levels of activity across the school.
Throughout the year, the children are asked directly for their feedback on different aspects of their school life. This allows the children to express their views effectively and highlight areas for further development in school.
The Rule of Law
Our children will encounter rules and laws throughout their entire lives. We want our children to understand that whether these laws govern the class, the school, the neighbourhood or the country, they are set for good reasons and must be adhered to.
This understanding of the importance of rules is consistently reinforced through assemblies and our curriculum. The involvement of our children in the creation of class rules helps them to understand the reasons behind the rules and the consequences if they are broken. Through PHSE, RE and general class discussions, children are given opportunities to debate and discuss the reasons for laws so that they can recognise the importance of these for their own protection. Throughout the year we welcome visits from members of the wider community including Police, the Fire Service, paramedics, nurses, the local farmer and the local vicar.
We invest a great deal of time in creating a positive culture in our school, so that children are in a safe environment where choices and freedoms are encouraged. Our enrichment offer is broad, allowing children to choose to pursue areas of interest including arts and crafts, various competitive and non-competitive sports and cookery.
Our rules, expectations and daily interactions are built upon mutual respect. Our thorough transition process helps to create a shared ethos with our feeder playgroup and the local high school, and key sporting events (intra- and inter-schools), allow our children to embody respect. We are extremely proud of our children and other school staff and sports coaches often complement our children on their behaviour, sportsmanship and attitude towards sports.
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
The area that we serve is not particularly diverse, which can sometimes create a barrier to understanding those that have a different heritage to that of our own. We try to provide opportunities for the children to experience different cultures through our curriculum, by offering a culturally rich and diverse experience in which major religions are studied and respected. We strongly believe that tolerance is gained through knowledge and understanding.