All schools have a duty to ‘actively promote’ the fundamental British values of: Democracy, The rule of law, Individual liberty, Mutual respect and Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
We respect and enable our pupils to encounter these values in their everyday life at our school. They are embedded in everything that we do as a school.
Children have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. We have a school council which meets to discuss issues raised in class meetings. The council is able to genuinely effect change within the school. The council members for each year group are voted in by their class.
At the start of each academic year, we appoint a Head Boy and Head Girl of the school.
We use questionnaires so that children can share their viewpoints. Recently, we asked children a number of questions relating to their experience of remote learning.
The Rule of Law
The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. 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.
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 young pupils to make choices safely, through provision of a safe environment and empowering education. 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. Children make choices about clubs and sporting events they engage in. In class, pupils often make personal decisions about their level of challenge.
Mutual respect is at the heart of our values. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others.
All members of the school community are expected to treat each other with respect.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
In our school, we place a great emphasis on promoting diversity with the children. Assemblies are regularly planned to address this issue either directly or through the inclusion of stories and celebrations from a variety of faiths and cultures. Our RE and PSHE lessons reinforce this. Inclusion in our school is seamless with strategies in place to ensure children a range of cultures feel settled and supported, along with the range of different languages spoken. Our team supports the diverse families within our community.