Promoting British Values
In June 2014, the Prime Minister emphasised the important role that British values can play in education At Corby Glen Community Primary School, British Values are promoted in much of what we do during the school day. The values are integral to our vision and our school values and, as such, they are incorporated and embedded into our whole school assemblies, as well as across our planned curriculum. As well as actively promoting British values, we would actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British values, including ‘extremist’ views.
Children at Corby Glen Community Primary School have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. Our School Council meets regularly to discuss issues raised both in class and in school as well as having opportunities to consider issues and matters in the wider school environment. The council is able to genuinely effect change within the school. Two council members for each class are voted in by their class each year
Children also have an annual questionnaire with which they are able to put forward their views about the school. When appropriate, we include in relevant curriculum delivery the advantages and disadvantages to democracy and how it works in Britain.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced both through the curriculum, assemblies and our broader expectations, such as when managing behaviour. 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 and Fire Service help reinforce this message. We endeavour to ensure school rules and expectations are clear and fair and where appropriate develop restorative justice approaches to resolve conflict
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 these choices safely. 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.
Mutual Respect and Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
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 treat each other with respect.
Corby Glen Community Primary school is situated in an area which does not show great cultural diversity, therefore we place a great emphasis on promoting diversity. 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 teaching reinforce this. 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.