‘Keeping our children safe and ensuring schools prepare them for life in modern Britain could not be more important.’
Department for Education (2014).
In the 2011 Prevent Strategy, the government set out its definition of British Values::
· the rule of law
· individual liberty
· mutual respect
· tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
We promote British Values in the following ways:
- Our School Council promotes the democratic process – children nominate and vote for their representatives within the School Council through a process mirroring that of national elections with secret ballots following an election campaign. The council meets regularly to organise fundraising for school and the wider local, national and international communities as well activities in school to promote important issues such as Anti-Bullying Week, Internet Safety etc.. Representatives s feedback to their peers and bring any suggestions back to the school council meetings.
- As part of the Waterton Academy Trust the school also promotes the democratic process by nominating and voting for the Deputy Prime Minister of the Waterton Children’s Parliament.
- Children create and adhere to class codes of conduct. All children and staff take part in writing the adult and children charters.
- Children are encouraged to voice their opinions in formal and informal ways (suggestion boxes, questionnaires, Health & Safety Team).
- Parents and staff are encouraged to voice their opinions in formal and informal ways (questionnaires, meet & greet, meetings, staff / parent governor representation).
- Children are provided with boundaries which encourage them to make safe choices.
- Children are encouraged to express their views and beliefs with respect to others.
- Children have key roles and responsibilities within school, such as: School Council, Health & Safety Team, leading after-school clubs, representing the school in sports teams, lunchtime monitors, assembly leaders.
- Children have the opportunity and are encouraged to take part in a broad range of extra-curricular activities.
- Children are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely through our PHSE lessons.
- Children know who to speak to if they are worried or concerned about themselves or others, e.g. teachers, Pastoral Team, Safeguarding Team, classroom worry boxes.
Respect of those of different faith and beliefs
- We raise awareness of major world religion festivals throughout the year in school assemblies and in class.
- Our RE and PSHE curriculum provides children with a broad and balanced understanding of world religions and promotes respect for the beliefs of others.
- We encourage representatives from different faiths to share assemblies with us.
- Children work in teams, share ideas in public and show respect for other children’ opinions during class discussions and assemblies.
- School rules reinforce mutual respect.
- All members of the school community treat each other with respect and model this in behaviour with colleagues and children.
- Children work together in different groups and situations in different lessons and subjects.
- All children participate in live productions and class assemblies throughout the school year.
The Rule of Law
- We have clear rules and expectations of behaviour and a Whistle Blowing policy which is adhered to by all children, staff and other stakeholders.
- School collective worship follows regular themes which reflect life outside the classroom: road-safety etc.
- All stakeholders are made aware of the importance of attendance and punctuality.
- Children follow, respect and understand the need for different rules in different situations, i.e. PE lessons, school visits, classrooms and the playground.
- Children are awarded weekly certificates in recognition of their learning behaviours, attendance and tidy learning environments.
- Visits from emergency services and other professionals reinforce the rule of law and the reasoning/purpose behind them.
- The school supports children in managing their own behaviour to make choices for the well-being of themselves and others.