Promoting British Values

 

Promoting British Values

The Department for Education 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 belief”.



The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy and these values were reiterated by the Prime Minister in 2014. At Wickhambrook these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:

 

Value

How We Promote It

Democracy

 

Democracy is embedded at the school. Children are always listened to by adults and are taught to listen carefully and with concern to each other, respecting the right of every individual to have their opinions and voices heard.

  • We have an elected School Council. This is used as an opportunity to promote and teach about democracy and the electoral process.

  • Children are asked to complete an annual questionnaire where they are able to put forward their views about the school.

  • Pupil voice is embedded in SEND practises where pupils with additional needs complete a One-Page Profile with their teacher, identifying what is important to them, what people admire most about them and how they like to be supported in their learning.

  • Pupil voice is also taught throughout the curriculum where they have opportunities to debate, present and act in a variety or role-play and hot-seating activities.

  • The beginnings of democracy are taught historical research of the Ancient Greek civilisation.

 

The Rule of Law



 

The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced at Wickhambrook.

 

  • We have high expectations about pupil conduct and this is reflected in our Behaviour Policy.

  • Children are taught from an early age the rules of the school. These rules are clear, concise and transparent and are visible in every classroom alongside the ‘Traffic Lights’ system.

  • Children are taught the value and reason behind rules and laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that are involved and the consequences when laws are broken.

  • Rewards are given to those children exhibiting responsible actions and respectful behaviour demonstration of our weekly themes in weekly Celebration Assemblies.

  • Local Police Officers and Police Community Support Officers visit the school to talk to children and explain about their role in society.

 

Individual Liberty



 

At Wickhambrook, children are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for our children so that they can make informed choices, through a safe environment and an empowering education.

  • Through our school core values and aims, collective worship and PSHE lessons, children are taught about personal responsibility, choices, ambition and aspiration.

  • Children are taught how to keep themselves safe, including on-line. This is done through computing lessons, collective worship and outside organisations, as well as through the PSHE curriculum

  • Children are actively encouraged to make choices about how they learn. In Maths for example, children are encouraged to use the calculation method that works best for them instead of using just one method.

 

Mutual Respect





 

Respect is one of our core values and is at the heart of everything we do.

 

  • We have high expectations about conduct and this is reflected in our Behaviour Policy.

  • Through our school’s weekly themes and PSHE curriculum, children are taught to respect each other, to be cooperative and collaborative, be supportive and to look for similarities while being understanding of differences.

  • Mutual respect is also promoted through acts of collective worship.

  • Children are given a number of opportunities to talk to members of the local community. They understand the need to respect all citizens in our local and wider society, with the knowledge that they can learn collaboratively from each other.

 

Tolerance of Different Faiths and Beliefs



 

Our core value of respect ensures tolerance of those who have different faiths and beliefs and we actively promote diversity through our celebrations of different faiths and cultures.

  • 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 and festivals.

  • Daily acts of collective worship, although mainly Christian in nature, also mark and celebrate significant religious festivals such as Ramadan and Diwali.

  • Visits are made by local religious leaders and children have the opportunity to visit places of worship.

  • Topics and themes with a geographical focus teach children about life in other countries with different customs, cultures and ways of life.