PROMOTING BRITISH VALUES AT KELBROOK PRIMARY 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 were reiterated in 2014.
At Kelbrook Primary these values are reinforced in the following ways.
- We have an elected school council represented by pupils from each year group. The election of the School Council members reflects our British electoral system and demonstrates democracy in action: candidates make speeches, pupils consider characteristics important for an elected representative, pupils vote in secret using ballot boxes. The School Council meets regularly to discuss issues raised by the different classes and is actively involved in recruitment.
- We hope to become involved with the Pendle Pupil Parliament whose representatives are elected using a more formal process than that of the School Council.
- We encourage pupils to listen to each other, ask questions, respecting the right of every individual to have their opinions and voices heard, and to confidently feel able to change their views and opinions as they see appropriate.
- Adults respect pupil voice and value pupils’ opinions.
- We encourage pupils to take ownership of their school and also of their own learning and progress. This encourages a heightened sense of both personal and social responsibility that is demonstrated on a daily basis by our pupils.
Rule of Law
- The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are referred to and reinforced often, such as in assemblies and when reflecting on behaviour choices.
- 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.
- These values are reinforced in different ways such as:
- Visits from authorities such as the police
- During Religious Education, when rules for particular faiths are thought about
- During other school subjects, where there is respect and appreciation for different rules – in a sports lesson, for example
- Visits to law courts and council chambers
- We have high expectations of pupil conduct and this is reflected in our Behaviour Management Policy. Recognition of exhibiting positive and caring behaviour and for consistent demonstration of our values is recognised through such things as ‘Star of the Week’ awards.
- Through our school assemblies, Circle Time and PSHE, pupils are taught how to respect and earn trust and are supported to develop a strong sense of morality, knowing right from wrong and doing the right thing even when it’s difficult.
- Pupils understand that they have rights, but that these rights come with responsibilities.
- Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe, supportive environment and empowering learning; for example:
choices about how they record their learning
choices around their participation in extra-curricular activities
- Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our Online Safety and PSHE lessons.
- Alongside rules and laws, we promote freedom of choice and the right to respectfully express views and beliefs.
- Pupils learn that their behaviour has an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect.
- We have high expectations about pupil conduct and this is reflected in our Behaviour Management Policy.
- Through our school values pupils are encouraged to respect each other, to be cooperative and collaborative and to be supportive whilst being understanding of differences.
- Posters around the school promote respect for others and this is reiterated through our classroom and learning rules.
Tolerance of Those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
- Our school is situated in an area that is limited in cultural diversity; therefore we place an emphasis on providing opportunities for our pupils to experience cultural diversity in a range of contexts.
- Assemblies and discussions promote an understanding of possible prejudices and prejudice-based bullying and these are followed up 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 across the school.
- Children visit places of worship that are important to different faiths to create an ethos of inclusivity and tolerance to others’ views, faiths and cultures