In November 2014, the Department for Education outlined that all schools must promote ‘British Values’ and produced advice for doing so through social, moral, spiritual and cultural education (SMSC).
For a school to be judged as outstanding there must be evidence of high quality teaching and learning which effectively promotes British Values throughout the school. School is well placed in this regard as the promotion of social, moral, spiritual and cultural development is already very much at the heart of our school’s mission statement below:
Pupils are always listened to and are taught to listen carefully. We encourage pupils to take ownership of not only their school but also of their own learning and progress.
Opportunities to promote Democracy are provided through:
· School and Eco Council
· Pupil voice
· Pupil questionnaires
· Classroom rules
· Democracy in the curriculum
Rule of Law
The importance of rules and laws, whether they govern our school or our country, are referred to and reinforced consistently at our school.
Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws and that there are consequences when laws are broken. These values are reinforced by:
· School Council, Eco Council, Sport Leaders, Library Monitors and classroom helpers
· Visits from authorities such as the police and fire service
· through Religious Education, when rules for particular faiths are considered.
We promote freedom of choice and the right to respectfully express views and beliefs. Through the provision of a safe supportive environment we provide boundaries for our young pupils to make choices safely.
Within lessons, learning tasks are often left for the child to decide upon. We encourage pupils to choose the task that will challenge them, giving them more freedom to determine their own learning.
We offer a range of extra- curricular clubs, which pupils have the freedom to choose from and attend based on their interests.
Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and how to exercise these safely, e.g. through E-safety and through PSHE. Our pupils are aware of the behavioural expectations, which are underpinned in school’s Behaviour policy.
All members of our school community treat each other with respect and all visitors are warmly welcomed into our school.
Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All adults model the appropriate behaviour and the school challenges anyone at any level who is intolerant, disrespectful or behaves in a way which is contrary to school’s Behaviour Policy.
Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
As a school we are proud to promote and celebrate our different backgrounds and beliefs. Pupils know and understand that they are expected to show respect to everyone. They are taught to respect the school environment and the world around them. Children learn that their behaviour choices have an effect on school and society and that they must be equipped with the skills to make the right choices.
Through themed days and festivals we celebrate different cultures throughout the year, e.g. Eid, Diwali, Christmas.
Pupils’ understanding and respect for different faiths and beliefs are developed through the curriculum, including:
· Religious Education
· Peer Mentoring
· Class discussions
· School Councillors
· Eco Councillors