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 government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values were reiterated by the Prime Minister in 2014.
We promote these key values through our curriculum teaching, extra-curricular activities and general school ethos as follows:
* Pupils’ participation in School / Class Councils / Eco-Council.
* Use of pupil questionnaires and Pupil Voice activities to encourage pupils to express their views.
* Election of House Captains and Eco Ambassadors, and Pupil Voice activities to encourage pupils to express their views.
* Teaching pupils about how Government works.
Importance of rules
* Class and school rules, reinforced through assemblies.
* Importance of rules and fair play taught in PE and extra-curricular sporting activities.
* Related school policies (e.g. Behaviour).
* Pupils are expected to take responsibility for their behaviour, as well as knowing their rights.
* Implementation of a strong anti-bullying culture.
* Through PSHE and E-Safety lessons pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms, and advised how to use these safely.
* Respect for all (pupils and staff) is a core value of our school and is promoted through class Circle Times sessions and assemblies.
* The inclusive ethos of the school encourages respect for all pupils, including vulnerable pupils and those with a disability.
* Enhance the pupils’ understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society, by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity (e.g. class presentations from parents/friends of the school from different cultures).
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
* Developing links with faith communities e.g. visits to various places of worship and holding an annual carol service at a local church.
* Members of different faiths and religions are encouraged to share their different languages spoken (e.g. EAL pupils).
* Through RE / Science lessons, to discuss differences between people (e.g. faith, gender, sexuality and family situations).