Promoting British Values at Priors Wood 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 this year. At Priors Wood these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Democracy is rife within the school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council and Pupil questionnaires. The elections of school Councillors are based solely on pupil votes. Our school behaviour policy involves rewards which the school council discusses and decides on through votes within their classes.
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 the class and school Code of Conduct as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. 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; Lifeguards etc. are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message.
Within 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 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 have advice on how to exercise these safely, for example through our Protective Behaviours program, E-Safety and PSHE lessons. Whether it through choice of challenge, of how they record, of participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.
Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy has revolved around the core values such as ‘Respect’, and pupils have been part of many discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown.
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 and PSHE. Our pupil feedback shows that this has been successful and children have a sound knowledge of other religions and know that they should behave with tolerance towards others with different beliefs to their own.