British Values

British Values and Preparation for Life in Modern Britain

School Inspection from September 2014 explores and judges the contribution schools make to actively promoting British Values and Preparation for Life in Modern Britain.

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, 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 this year. At Ladywood Primary School these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways.

 

TOLERANCE of those of different Faiths and Beliefs

This is achieved through enhancing pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE, PSHCE and SEAL. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. We celebrate Festivals throughout the year from all World Religions. Visitors into school enhance our understanding as well as visits to places of worship e.g. churches, mandirs, temples, synagogues, gurdwaras and mosques. RE can challenge children and young people to be increasingly respectful and to celebrate diversity but tolerance is a starting point. It is much better than intolerance.

 

MUTUAL RESPECT

Our School Ethos and Behaviour Policy revolves around ‘The Diamond Rules’ and ‘PRIDE’ slogan – ‘R = Respect’. Pupils have been part of assemblies and discussions related to what this means and how it is shown. It is reiterated through child-made posters as well as our Rewards and Sanctions. We support events such as Anti-Bullying Week and E-Safety Day. We promote respect through R Time and Circle Time. We provide opportunities for children to learn to respect others through our Curriculum Enrichment Days. We support a variety of charities throughout the year where they promote respect and tolerance e.g. Jeans for Genes Day, Children in Need, etc. In RE pupils learn about diversity in religions and worldviews and will be challenged to respect other persons who see the world differently to themselves. They are challenged to be broadminded and openhearted when understanding different faiths and beliefs.

 

DEMOCRACY

Democracy is promoted within school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our Pupil Voice. The elections of Pupil Voice Representatives and Team Captains are based solely on pupil votes. Each teacher has different ways in which pupils make their voices heard in the classroom e.g. though Circle Time, R Time, discussions and decisions over classroom rules, questionnaires, voting, etc. We have also had visits and assemblies led from time to time by local politicians as well as our local MP. Through RE the children can debate the fundamental questions of life to respect a range of perspectives as well as sharing a responsibility to use their own voice and influences for the wellbeing of others.

 

The RULE of LAW

The importance of Laws whether they be those that govern the class, the school or the country are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days and through school assemblies. The children are taught right from wrong. 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, Fire Service, Road Safety officer, etc are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message. There is a clear Code of Conduct ‘The Diamond Rules’ which is on display in all areas of school. Each family signs the Home School Agreement which includes the Code of Conduct as well as other linking themes. Work in RE on codes for living in different religions as well as codes for living for non-religious people allow pupils to discuss the importance of this value.

 

INDIVIDUAL LIBERTY

Pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for pupils to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advise how to exercise these safely e.g. PSHCE and SEAL lessons, E-Safety, etc. In Spring 2015 Pupil Voice developed a new ‘Staying Safe and Feeling Good About Yourself’ Poster which is displayed around school. Whether it be through choice of challenge, of how they record, of participation in After School Clubs, pupils are given the freedom to make choices. Classes work towards incentives like ‘Diamond Time’ or a voted class activity where their choices affect outcomes for themselves personally as well as the whole class. At times we also give ownership of learning to the children and promote a personal investigative approach. Our shared values in the school promote both staff and children as good role models and we take opportunities to challenge stereotypes whenever the opportunity arises. There are also opportunities to explore that with individual liberty and freedom comes responsibilities to the local community and the wider world. In RE pupils will consider questions about identity, belonging and diversity learning what it means to live a life free from constraints.

 

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

RE makes a key educational contribution to pupil’s explorations of British Values. Excellent teaching of RE will enable pupils to learn to think for themselves about British Values. Questions about whether Social and Moral Values are best described as ‘British Values’ or seen as more universal Human Values will continue to be debated but for the purposes of teachers of RE the subject offers opportunities o build an accurate knowledge base of Religions and Beliefs in relation to Values. This in turn supports children so that they are able to move beyond attitudes of tolerance towards increasing respect so that they can celebrate diversity. Values Education and Moral Development are a part of a school’s holistic mission to contribute to the wellbeing of each child and of all people within our communities. The RE Curriculum focuses learning in some of these areas but pupils Moral Development is a whole school, issue.

 

RE coverage through Nursery and School

FS1 and FS2 all Religions

Year 1 Christianity, Hinduism or Judaism

Year 2 Christianity, Hinduism or Judaism

Year 3 Christianity, Judaism or Sikhism

Year 4 Christianity, Judaism or Sikhism

Year 5 Christianity, Islam or Buddhism

Year 6 Christianity, Islam or Buddhism

 

PSHCE (Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship and Economic Education) and SEAL (Social, Emotional Aspects of Learning)

These two areas of learning also add to a pupil’s explorations of British Values alongside RE. Throughout the year they engage in different areas which engage their own experiences as well as reflecting on other’s experiences as well as expressing their feelings and how to cope with them and understanding other’s feelings and why they feel like that.

 

PSHCE coverage through the Year for Nursery and School

 

Autumn 1 – Rules and Laws and Democracy of being at School and in a new Class

Autumn 2 – Personal Safety based on Road Safety, Bonfire Night Safety and Stranger Danger Safety

Spring 1 – Internet Safety ‘E-safety Day’

Spring 2 – RSE (Relationships and Sex Education), DRUGS Education and Expect Respect Education (based on awareness of Domestic Violence)

Summer 1 – People Who Help Us and Healthy Eating

Summer 2 – Healthy Environment and Global Issues and Personal Safety based on Water Safety

 

SEAL coverage through the Year for Nursery and School

 

Autumn 1 – New Beginnings

Autumn 2 – Getting On and Falling Out and Say NO to Bullying ‘Anti-Bullying Week’

Spring 1 – Relationships

Summer 1 – Good to Be ME

Summer 2 – Changes and Going for Goals