Promoting British Values at Kingsdown and Ringwould CEP School
The DfE 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 by the Prime Minister this year and in the DfE document ‘Promoting Fundamental British Values as part of SMSC in Schools (November 2014). At Kingsdown and Ringwould CEP School these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Democracy is encouraged within the school. Teachers allow the children to state opinions and where appropriate make decisions. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council/Eco Team etc. The elections of School Councillors, Sport Captains and the Charity monitors are based solely on pupil votes. Additionally we are developing a Friendship Squad who will be trained in mediation and these children will help with any conflicts at playtimes. We also send out regular questionnaires to ascertain children’s thoughts and put any ideas into action.
- The Rule of Law:
The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the playground, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days. Each class displays their rules and the school rules are regular reinforced through 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. Children are aware that breaking the rules have consequences; this could include the sanction room, where a reflection sheet will be carried out.
- Individual Liberty:
Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. One of our Habits of Mind is to take responsible risks. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make choices safety, 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 our E-Safety and PSHE(SEAL) lessons, or Road Safety. Whether it be through choice of challenge, of how they record, of participation in our extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices. We have a strong anti-bullying culture where pupils are encouraged to take responsibility for their behaviour. Pupil self-esteem and self- confidence are paramount.
- Mutual Respect:
We will be introducing, as part of our school ethos and behaviour policy, the 7C’s (being co-operative, conscientious, courteous, considerate, communicative, caring and confident). These are taken from the Fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5: 22-23). Pupils will be part of discussions and Collective Worship related to what this means and how it is shown, this will be reiterated through our classroom expectations, as well as our behaviour 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 is also supported by learning in Religious Education and PSHE. Appropriate festivals are observed, both as part of RE and as part of British cultural tradition. Any prejudices or discriminatory behaviours are extremely rare but would be promptly challenged.