Promoting British Values at North Clifton 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 have been reiterated by the Prime Minister. At North Clifton we endeavour to ensure that all children are fully prepared for life in modern Britain. In actively promoting these values, we challenge those opinions or behaviours that are contrary to fundamental British values. We reinforce the government’s values regularly, in the following ways:
Democracy underpins a lot of the work we undertake as a school. We actively encourage independence and have ensured that the pupil voice is reflected in the school daily. Everyone at North Clifton has a voice – everyone one is heard. The children have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our very active school council, through pupil interviews and questionnaires and through their very own School Development Plan. Children at North Clifton are always able to voice their opinions, in an environment where they feel safe to express themselves. We also ensure that the parent’s voice is heard. As a key member of our community the parent’s opinions must be sought after and including in our open dialogue between home and school. Regular meetings, assemblies, coffee mornings and questionnaires give each parent ample opportunity to share their views and opinions. Our open door policy means that all parents are welcome and are encouraged to play an active role in the school.
The Rule of Law:
The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced through the curriculum, school assemblies and external visitors. As a school, the children agree on the rules for behaviour every year through their Home-School Agreement and through the School Council Assemblies in September. All the children support the school ethos, one which instills good behaviour as the norm. All children are involved in the rewards and sanctions within school, understand the importance of making the correct choices and know the consequences for making the wrong 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. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message.
We as a school actively encourage the children to make choices; knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. We ensure that we educate and provide boundaries for children to make choices, learn, grow, take responsibility for their behaviour and to do so safely. 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 E-Safety talks, PSHE lessons and the re-iteration of our schools ethos.
One of the fundamental aspect of the philosophy and caring nature of our school is respect. Posters around the school promote respect for others, as do the school rules and teacher’s expectations. Respect is consistent and discussed regularly with the children during assemblies, circle time and PSHE lessons. As a school we ensure that all children respect one another and can value everyone as individuals.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:
As a school we believe that this is achieved through enhancing pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. The school ensures that assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying are delivered and that the key messages are then re-enforced through the curriculum. Through our equality objectives and the needs of the new National Curriculum, we provide the children with learning in context. We plan trips to cultural events and invite individuals to speak to the children to deepen their understanding. We have also developed a link with a multi-cultural, inner-city school, providing the opportunity for the children to embrace other cultures, share their experiences and learn from one another.