The Department for Education prioritises 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 revised 2019 Prevent Strategy.
Democracy is integral to our provision at the school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council and other opportunities. Part of developing children’s understanding of democracy is to ensure their understanding of when their voice and input are appropriate and when they must follow agreed rules and procedures. We encourage respect for democracy by modelling the voting process whenever appropriate, such as class representative for School Council.
Promoting the Rule of Law
The importance of rules and laws is set and reinforced through our ethos, curriculum and provision. Clear expectations are set and all members of the school community are expected to model and display these. Rules, such as class rules, are discussed, agreed and shared with the children in order to involve them in the process and ensure they understand the reasoning behind them. Ensuring that responsibility is taken by individuals for following rules - and accepting consequences where they have not been followed, is a key expectation at the school.
Promoting Individual Liberty
Within school, children are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advise on how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and SMSC lessons. Whether it be through choice of challenge, how they record work, selection of lunches, or participation in our extensive extra-curricular clubs - pupils are given the freedom to make choices.
Promoting Mutual Respect
Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy has revolved around Core Values such as ‘Respect’, and pupils have been part of discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown.
Tolerance of and respect for those of all faiths, no faith, different cultures and lifestyles
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 SMSC. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning.