Promoting British Values in our School
The government set out its definition of British Values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy. At Northaw Church of England Primary school these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways.
Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through discussion and open forums within their classes; through our House system; through interviews and through Pupil Voice. Our school behaviour system involves rewards (including house points) which the pupils are encouraged to nominate others for. Pupils are given leadership roles throughout the school and are encouraged and enabled to lead teaching activities and fundraising events.
The Rule of Law:
The importance of Laws, whether they are those that govern the class, the school, or the country are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police, Fire Service and leaders from secondary schools and local churches are regular parts of our calendar and they help to reinforce the rules of law and responsibility.
Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for our pupils to make choices safely, through of provision of a safe environment with the support of the strong foundations formed from our core values (responsibility, resourcefulness, resilience, respect, reflection and reasoning). Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these appropriately. We teach this through our E-Safety and PSHE lessons; and through our day to day conversations, expectations and modelling throughout the day.
Part of our school ethos and behaviour for learning policy has revolved around core values (6Rs), 'Respect’ is one of these values. Displays around the school promote respect for others. Respect is reiterated regularly in our classrooms, in our daily conversations and expectations and is expressed in our behaviour for learning policy.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:
This is achieved through enhancing pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Collective worship and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE, PSHE and P4C. The school has a high-profile vocabulary around our core values which remain at the heart of all we do and so pupils understand their responsibility in respecting others. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. Visitors from different faiths and cultures are invited into our school to share facts, beliefs and rituals with our pupils.
British Values and our Curriculum:
In English lessons across the school we study the works of English writers and poets and spend time discussing the impact of their work on British society as a whole as well as at a personal level.
In History lessons we focus on important moments throughout British history and teach the events chronology to the children in order for them to gain an understanding of how Britain came to be: from the early British settlers, to the British Empire and up to modern day Britain. The pupils learn about key and important figures throughout British history.
Pupils learn about our Government and Parliament, Democracy and our British laws. Cross-curricular links are made to engage the children further in their learning and encourage them to think and question.
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