Promoting Fundamental British Values.
The Department of Education have recently 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 this year (2014).
We ensure that from the moment they start at school the children are introduced to a ‘values’ system through the use of Golden Rules and the Green to Go Behaviour Plan. This values education is implicit within all school policies and practices and is at the heart of the school ethos identified in the school logo ‘Achieve, Respect, Include, Support, Enjoy - Journey Together, Guided by God.’
At All Saints Primary School these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
All children are provided with opportunities to develop their understanding of democracy through roles on the school council, enterprise activities that they undertake and through individual responsibilities within class and across the school.
Class rules and the rights associated with these are discussed with the children at the start of each academic year and all the children contribute to the drawing up of these rules. We have a school council which meets regularly to discuss issues raised in class council meetings. Every child on the student council is voted in by their class and this process introduces them to the electoral procedures which take place in Britain. Children are able to put forward their views about the school and this gives them a voice within the school.
The Rule of Law
The importance of rules/ laws whether they are those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced regularly in one form or another in school on a daily basis and further reinforced through dealing with specific examples of poor behaviour, school assemblies and interactions with parents. Within school these are the Golden Rules and the Green to Go Behaviour Plan.
Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind rules/laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when rules/laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service help reinforce this message.
Within school, pupils 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 advised how to exercise these safely, for example through PSHE lessons and sessions on E-Safety. Whether it is through choice of learning challenge or success criteria, of how they record, of participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.
Mutual respect is given high priority in school and promoted through a range of class based and whole school means. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. This is supported by our very clear behaviour policy. All members of the school community are expected to treat each other with respect and be polite. Older children are encouraged to debate from different points of view.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
All Saints is a diverse school with a high percentage of the school coming from a country outside the UK. We actively promote diversity through our celebrations of different faiths and cultures. Religious Education lessons and PSHE lessons reinforce messages of tolerance and respect for others. Members of different faiths and religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school and the children learn about and where possible visit, places of worship that are important to different faiths.
At All Saints we will actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views. We will also challenge racism and expect everyone within our community to respect British laws whilst supporting their own culture.