British Values at Dukesgate
The DfE have identified 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 restated by the Prime Minister.
These values are woven through our curriculum approaches and are reinforced in the following ways:
Democracy is richly embedded within the school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our class and School Councils, frequent pupils’ surveys, meetings with the Principal and other senior staff and through taking on roles of responsibility such as play leaders or reading buddies.
Our school behaviour policy involves rewards and sanctions; this is shared through all aspects of school life and also shared with parents, carers and children from Nursery to Year 6.
Rule of Law
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school or country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour incidents, through our PSHE curriculum and through school collective worship times. 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 are a regular part of our calendar events and help reinforce this message.
Implementing the Golden Rules as our foundation for behaviour and discipline has a high profile in school. Keeping the Golden Rules is rewarded and celebrated each week with Golden Assemblies in all age phases and shared with parents at Celebration Assembly each week.
“Freedom” is one of our values, taught explicitly as part of our curriculum and collective worship experiences. 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 all pupils to make choices safely, though provision of a safe environment and an empowering approach through the education. Pupils are encourage to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely, for example though our e-safety and personal development lessons. Pupils are further empowered through being part of a school council and being able to take part in other pupil forum events which link directly to the SLT or Governors. Pupils are given the freedom to make a wide range of choices from attending extra-curricular clubs, selecting lunch menus to supporting fund raising events.
Respect is one of values taught explicitly as part of our curriculum and collective worship experiences. As a school which holds values at the core of its ethos, our school policies have evolved around core values such as respect and pupils have been part of discussion and collective worship related to what this means and how it is shown. It is shared with home through newsletters and website information. Adults throughout school model, demonstrate and promote respect for others as do older children who have suitable age related tasks and responsibilities and this is reiterated through our classroom and learning rules, as well as our behaviour.
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
Tolerance is one of our values taught as part of our curriculum and collective worship experiences. As a school we want to embrace and celebrate the developing diversity of our school and local community; promoting opportunities for our children to learn from each other by sharing and celebrating their different faiths and cultures. Collective worship and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed up and supported by learning in RE and PSHE lessons. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. The school has active links with our local church St Paul’s Peel.