Promoting British Values
In 2014, the Government set out that schools should 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. At South Bersted Church of England Primary School these values are promoted regularly within the curriculum and through the Christian ethos embedded in our school, they are evident in the following ways:
Making decisions together
At the South Bersted we have a strong pupil voice: Children’s Cabinet, Junior Governors and the School Council. Children have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. All of these roles of responsibilities are voted for by pupils across the school. The pupils work collaboratively to further improve pupil’s experiences and opportunities.
Over the past two years the School Council has played a key role in improving the school:
- Introduction of the ‘Friendship Stop’ (Key Stage 1) and ‘Friendship bench’ Key Stage 2,
- Organised and held fundraising events for our chosen charities,
- Designed and implemented our new ‘House System,’
- Began developing an outside reading space.
In selecting our Junior Governors, pupils in Year 5 write and deliver their own speeches to the whole school. Once pupils have heard the candidates’ speeches they go the polling station.
Rule of Law:
We understand why rules are important
The importance of Law, whether they be those within the classroom, the school or the country are consistently reinforced throughout the school. It is important that pupils learn to take responsibility for their behaviour and know the positive impact that they can have on others. The expectations of our School Rules, 3Ds and 5Ws are regularly discussed and are displayed throughout the school. In addition to this, at the beginning of every year, each class creates their own class charity which sets out clear ‘code of conduct.’ We also have regular visits from the Police and Fire services.
In cases where disregard is shown for the school rules, the class teacher will follow the 4Ws approach with the pupil, outlined below:
- What did you do? (This will focus on the behaviour relative to the consequence)
- What rule did you break?
- What is your explanation?
- What do you think you need to do to put this right? It may also be appropriate to consider; How can I help you with your plan to put things right? (Supporting the pupil with apologies; mediation; restitution)
Freedom for all
Within our school, children are encouraged to make choices. They know they are in a safe and supportive environment to do this correctly. For example each child has signed and understood the Online Safety policy and can make sensible/safe choices when using our technology. Through following the SEAL curriculum, our P.S.H.E. lessons promote discussions which reinforce other children’s opinions and beliefs. Children are encouraged to make positive choices through participation in our extra-curricular activities.
In addition to this, in 2018 the school introduced ‘Philosophy for Children’, P4C, which provides teachers and children with the opportunity to discuss issues that matter.
Treat others how you want to be treated
Through our Christian ethos, mutual respect is at the heart of our values to care, learn and forgive. Respect for all members of our school and community is a key focus of the school. We strongly believe in building strong relationships between our pupils and adults, which was identified in our recent Ofsted report, 2017.
To further develop mutual respect across our school, we also use ‘Learning Partners’ which provide pupils with the opportunity to work and learn from their peers. A pupils ‘Learning Partner’ will change regularly.
In addition to this, we also have Year 5 and 6 ‘Peer Mediators’ who support younger pupils at break and lunch times.
Tolerance of those with Different Faiths and Beliefs:
We enjoy learning about other faiths and cultures
In following our R.E. scheme, Understanding Christianity, our R.E. teaching encompasses all faiths. Members of different religions are encouraged to share their knowledge and experiences within R.E. lessons to enhance the learning throughout the school. Although we are a Christian School, our curriculum shares time with other faiths which are well resourced so our children are equipped to accept and tolerate without prejudice or discrimination.
To further deepen pupils’ understanding of different cultures and beliefs, in 2017 we held a whole school International Week.