Promoting British Values

Promoting British Values at Ringway Primary

 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.”

These values are explicitly taught through Personal, Social, Health Education lessons (PSHE), and Religious Education (RE). We also teach British Values through planning and delivering a broad and balanced curriculum.

Democracy:

At Ringway Primary we:

Formulate and agree a set of ‘class rules’ at the beginning of each school year.

Organise an election day when executive members of the School Council are elected by the whole school.

Elect class representatives to our school council.

Have a school council who contribute enormously to school life by organising and managing whole-school events. Many of these involve raising money for charities or school facilities.

Allow the children’s voice to be heard. We regularly ask for their views.

Ask children to support the interviewing process for new staff.

Discuss democracy within assemblies.

The Rule of Law:

At Ringway Primary we promote the rule of law by:

Having a clear, consistent behaviour policy (based upon positive rewards) which is consistently applied throughout the school.

Providing opportunities for children to reflect about positive and negative behaviour during curriculum time.

Developing links with our Police Community Support Officer.

Addressing issues of law during whole-school assemblies as and when appropriate.

Giving considerable time to individual pupils who require additional opportunities to understand the importance of following rules.

Encouraging visits from external agencies to talk to the children in school.

Using our extensive reward system to acknowledge good behaviour as well as good academic work.

Giving older pupils responsibility on the playgrounds.

Encouraging children to become ‘peer buddies’.

Individual Liberty:

Pupils are actively encouraged to make choices at our school, knowing that they are living within a safe and supportive environment.

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 teaching.

Pupils are given important roles in school, such as playground buddies, librarians and school councillors.

Children are encouraged to understand responsibility in school in terms of behaviour and attitude to learning.

Justice and fairness are key principles within our school.

Home / school agreements for all pupils are in place.

Pupils are taught how to be safe and how to act safely. This is given an additional emphasis during anti-bullying week and Internet safety week.

Our curriculum promotes independent learning. Our curriculum aims to be empowering and provides many opportunities for children to exercise choice.

Mutual Respect:

Respect and Responsibility are key values which permeate all aspects of school life at Ringway. They determine the way in which we support and care for each other, for the community and for the environment.

 At Ringway Primary, children learn respect through;

·         The promotion of positive relationships.

·         The modelling of positive relationships by all adults working in school.

·         A Personal, Social and Health Education curriculum in which children are taught that behaviour               has an effect upon those around them and upon their own rights.

·         The RE curriculum.

·         All other aspects of the curriculum (as successfully working in groups requires respect for each             other).

·         The work of the school council.

·         The positive reward system developed to promote respect.

·        Our celebration assemblies when all pupils show respect for the efforts of others.

·        Giving responsibility to pupils (School Councillors, playground buddies, etc.)

·         Participation in events organised to raise money for various charities.

·         Learning to live with their peers on educational residential visits.

Tolerance of Those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:

Tolerance is promoted in our school through:

The stated aims and values of the school.

The PSHE curriculum.

The RE curriculum.

Educational visits to places of religious worship. The school’s equal opportunities policy.

Class and whole school assemblies.

Festival study and celebrations (Divali, Harvest, etc.)

Multi-cultural theme weeks.

Anti-bullying week.

Using world events as opportunities to positively reinforce life and culture in other countries (football world cup, the Olympics, etc.)