Promoting British Values
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 originally set out its definition of British values in their 2011 Prevent Strategy and the Prime Minister has reiterated these this year. Schools are expected to ‘actively promote’ British values and share a clear strategy.
At Broadoak we are committed to actively promoting British Values and this forms part of our wider work in school with children in relation to their Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural education (SMSC). At the heart of these values, lie good relationships in which teachers and students work together towards common goals. These values are an integral part of Broadoak and are reinforced regularly in the following ways:
Children have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. Each class votes for its own school council representative annually. The school council meets regularly to discuss issues raised in class council meetings. School council members bring issues raised by their class to the Headteacher and / or Deputy Headteacher for discussion. The annual election of House Captains is based solely on pupil votes and children are given the opportunity to create a campaign poster to explain why they should be elected before children in school vote. Children also have the opportunity to become part of the Eco-council in school and again thi council is elected by pupil vote.
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. Visits from authorities such as the Police; Fire Service; Lifeguards etc. are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message.
In addition to this, as a school we follow the Golden Rules which are reinforced through assemblies at the start of each academic year, are displayed in every classroom and are upheld when dealing with and discussing behaviour throughout the year. Our award assembly includes awards for Broadoak pupils of the week relating to children’s expected conduct. Each class discusses and signs their own class code each year, thinking about the rules that will help to make their school life run smoothly.
Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make their own 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 safety, through our provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Children 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 lessons, RE lessons and PSHE lessons.
Whether it be through choice of challenge, enquiry question, recording method, or participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make their own choices. However, children are also taught that their right to make their own choices can affect other people's individual freedoms - so they must exercise their freedoms carefully.
At Broadoak Primary School mutual respect is at the heart of our values. Pupils have been part of discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown. Displays around the school promote respect for others and this is reiterated through our classroom and learning rules, as well as our behaviour policy. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with kindness.
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. Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE and PSHE.
Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. Children visit places of worship that are important to different faiths and learn about those faiths through our RE curriculum.
As a whole school, we have celebrated and marked special local and national occasions such as 2012 Olympics, the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II and commemoration of the First World War.