Promoting British Values
In support of the Department for Education (DofE) document: Promoting fundamental British values as part of SMSC in schools, Departmental advice for maintained schools, November 2014.
At Corby Glen Community Primary School, we value the diversity of the backgrounds of all pupils, families and the wider school community and strongly believe in upholding British values through all aspects of our school provision.
The DofE states that there is a 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”.
Our school reflects British values in all that we do. We aim to nurture our children on their journey through life so they can grow into safe, caring, democratic, responsible and tolerant adults who make a positive difference to British society and to the world and the wider world.
The values are integral to our vision and our school values and, as such, they are incorporated across our curriculum but key elements through our PSHE curriculum, assemblies and through our pupil leadership including Pupil Parliament and Crews. The children are taught about the definitions and how this is now applied to everyday life to ensure it is relevant. 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.
What we do:
The Rule of Law
- We teach how citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process.
- We have an elected School Council. This is used as an opportunity to promote and teach respect about democracy and the electoral process.
- The Pupil Parliament represent the school in decision making for supporting local and national charities.
- The beginnings of democracy are taught through historical research of Ancient Greece/Roman civilisations and the changing role of British monarchs.
- Democracy is also promoted through additional PSHE lessons, Crew time, assemblies and visitors.
- We encourage volunteerism providing responsibilities within classrooms and around the school. Children are trained as Mini Leaders who lead play at break time and volunteers as Librarians, Junior Online Safety Officers, House Captains, Bronze Ambassadors and Classroom Helpers.
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
What we do:
- We teach pupils to appreciate that living under the rule of law in Britain protects individual citizens and is essential for their well-being and safety.
- We have high expectations about pupil conduct and this is reflected in our praise-led behaviour policy. There are rewards for exhibiting responsible actions and respectful behaviour; demonstration of our values is recognised through such things as Pupil of the Week, star of the day, Class role model, stickers and our Celebration Assemblies.
- Through our school values and collective worship, children are supported to develop a strong sense of morality, taught how to earn trust and respect, learning how to make positive choices even when it is difficult.
- We encourage the local police officer/PCSO to visit the school to talk to the children and explain about their role in society.
- Community groups and Lincolnshire Road Safety teams come into school to talk about responsibilities children have in their local community.
- The Fire Service come into school to talk about safety in and out of the home.
- The school’s own Safeguarding Policy is our guide to best practice.
- Classes are encouraged to make their own suggestions for change through suggestion boxes and circle time.
- Children have the opportunity to take part in Bikeability which supports them to make sensible decisions when in the local community and keep themselves safe.
- Online safety is explicitly taught through ‘Cybersense’
- Our curriculum looks to make connections across subjects and provides opportunity to link to ‘real life’ situations including those linked to laws.
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.
What we do:
- Through our school values, collective worship and PSHE programme, children are taught about personal responsibility, choices, ambition and aspiration. They are encouraged to take opportunities to follow their interests in art, music, sport and participate in extra-curricular activities offered including sport.
- Children are given opportunities to engage in a range of sporting activities during competitions, their lunchtimes and after school.
- Children are taught how to keep themselves safe, including online. This is done through computing lessons, collective worship and outside organisations, as well as through the PSHE curriculum.
- Our work to prevent bullying is on-going with a clear Anti-Bullying Policy throughout the school community, we take part in the 'Act of Kindness day'.
- Children have the opportunity to take part in Bikeability which supports them to make sensible decisions when in the local community and keep themselves safe and have external workshops on road safety and caring for our environment.
- Children have the opportunity to take part in residential visits in Year 5 and Year 6.
- Local community members attend school to talk about the area in the past and those people and events within it.
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.
What we do:
- Children are taught to understand the importance of identifying and combating discrimination.
- We have high expectations about pupil conduct and this is reflected in our Behaviour Policy and Equal Opportunities Policy.
- RE planning has explicit links to respect.
- Curriculum planning gives children opportunities to develop mutual respect including work on protecting the environment and supporting the community.
- Children are taught to respect each other, to be co-operative and collaborative and to look for similarities while being understanding of differences.
- Mutual respect is also promoted through additional PSHE lessons and collective worship.
- There is no difference in the way any of our children and their families are treated. We celebrate our diverse community including EAL and those from the travelling communities.
- Each year group takes part in and watches performances.
- A variety of charity events are held and supported by the children and families of the school including: Macmillan, NSPCC Number Day and Children in Need.
- Children are involved in actively raising money through school e.g non-uniform days, sponsored events, Community Cuppa and Cake morning and a Year 6 fundraiser for their end of school trip.
- Children respect and look after our school grounds and keep them clear of rubbish
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
We actively promote diversity through our learning about different faiths and cultures. Assemblies, Religious Education lessons, Crews and PSHE lessons all reinforce messages of tolerance and respect for others.
What we do:
- We teach children that the freedom to choose and hold other faiths and beliefs is protected in law.
- We have high expectations about pupil conduct and this is reflected in our Behaviour Policy and Equality Policy.
- Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs is promoted through the Locally Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education. Children learn about different religions, their beliefs, places of worship, how they pray and festivals.
- As a school we celebrate diversity.
- Our Tuesday assembly focuses on ‘learning about religion’ these are delivered by staff members our local Reverend and external visitors.
- This is supplemented by whole school collective worship which, although mainly Christian in nature, also marks and celebrates significant religious festivals such as Ramadan and Diwali.
- Visits are made by local religious leaders such as the local Vicar.
- Children have the opportunity to visit places of worship.
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.