Promoting British Values at Leonard Stanley C of E 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.’
Through our provision of SMSC (spiritual, moral, social and cultural) development, we aim to:
• Enable pupils to develop their self –knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence;
• Enable pupils to distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil and criminal law in England;
• Encourage pupils to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative, and to understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality of the school and to society more widely;
• Enable pupils to acquire a broad general knowledge and respect for public institutions and services in England;
• Foster tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions by enabling pupils to acquire an appreciation of and respect for their own and other cultures;
• Encourage respect for other people; and
• Encourage respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic processes, including respect for the basis on which the law is made and applied in England.
The following knowledge and understanding is expected of pupils as a result of the school promoting fundamental British values.
• An understanding of how citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process;
• An appreciation that living under the law protects individual citizens and is essential for their wellbeing and safety;
• An understanding that there is a separation of power between the executive and the judiciary, and that while some public bodies such as the police and the army can be held to account through the Parliament, others such as the courts maintain independence;
• An understanding that the freedom to choose and hold other faiths and beliefs is protected in law;
• An acceptance that other people having different faiths or beliefs to oneself (or having none) should be accepted and tolerated, and should not be the cause of prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour; and
• An understanding of the importance of identifying and combatting discrimination.
Teaching British Values
At Leonard Stanley C of E Primary School these Values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
We have a Pupil Council which is democratically elected. Pupils who wish to stand for election, present to fellow pupils their reasons for wishing to stand and explain what they feel they could contribute to the success of the council. Every child on the council is voted in by their class. The Pupil Council meets each month with the Head Teacher to discuss issues raised in Class Council meetings and to review progress towards their Action Plan objectives, which from 2016 will form part of the School Development Plan (SDP).
From Sept 2016, children will have an annual pupil questionnaire where they are able to put forward their views about 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 at our school.
Pupils are taught from an early age the Behaviour Charter of the school. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind rules and laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws or rules are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service help reinforce this message.
At our 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 informed choices, through a safe environment and an empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and PSHCE lessons.
As a Christian faith school, 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. One of our key features as a UNICEF “Rights Respecting School” is our inclusion of classroom charters which detail expectations of behaviour and how it impacts on everyone.
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
Leonard Stanley C of E Primary School is becoming a more diverse school, with members of our school family having cultural links to Eastern Europe, Africa, Asia and Western Europe. We actively promote diversity through our celebrations of different faiths and cultures. Religious Education lessons and PSHCE lessons reinforce messages of tolerance and respect for others. Members of different faiths and religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. The children visit places of worship in the local community such as St. Swithun’s Church and Gloucester Mosque.