Key ‘British Values’ are taught in all UK schools. These values are listed as:
We actively promote British values through our school ethos, agreed rules, curriculum and teaching in the following ways:
Through our ethos and systems, we aim to ensure that pupils share their views and help to shape the work of the school. For example, the House Captains, Pupil Councillors and the Collective Worship Committee are elected by pupils and take a lead role at school. This year, these pupils will co-lead our new cross-year group curriculum days. Staff encourage positive engagement in debates through PSHE, English lessons and Collective Worship. Also, teachers ensure that pupils are listened to when they express their opinions on a range of topics in lessons and in time for reflection.
The Rule of Law
Our school rules, underpin our Behaviour Policy. Rules are followed consistently, so that pupils understand the importance of them as a means to keep them safe. Restorative Practice is used as a structure to improve pupil understanding of justice and the rights of themselves and others, and Visits from the police and to Hazard Alley in Year 6 help prepare our oldest pupils for transition to high school.
Personal Responsibility and Individual Liberty
Within school, children are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. In class they can choose the level of challenge in their learning. They are taught how to make healthy choices to improve their lifestyle. We encourage the children to express and justify their opinions; exercising their rights and personal freedoms. As a school, we celebrate every individual and ensure that their voice is heard and valued. Pupils suggest and lead presentations during worship, and many clubs and fundraising activities.
Mutual Respect and Tolerance of those of Different Cultures, Faiths and Beliefs
Intolerance of others is unacceptable. We value and celebrate the cultures within our locality, reflected in many events and lessons each year. Through our Religious Education curriculum, pupils explore the beliefs and practices of a variety of world faiths. Leaders of different faiths are invited in to school to talk about how their faiths fit in to a modern society. We celebrate achievements of others within our school community.