TEACHING BRITISH VALUES
Promoting British Values at Foxfield Primary School and Nursery
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 this year (2014). At Foxfield these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Each year the children decide upon their junior leader (school council)
The junior leadership Team meet every half term with Senior Leaders in the school the to discuss school improvement and issues that have been raised. The JLT have their own budget and is genuinely able to effect change within the school. Its class votes every child on the JLT in.
We also have playground buddies and a green team. The playground buddies are trained to support the younger children in the school during lunchtime. The green team have the responsibility of ensuring the school as ‘eco friendly’. We use rain water to water our plants. We try recycle and try to minimise our waste.
Children have an annual questionnaire where they are able to put forward their views about the school.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws, whether they are those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced at Foxfield.
Pupils are taught from an early age the rules of the school. These are our Golden Rules, Playground Rules, classroom rules and our school values. 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 are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service help reinforce this message.
At Foxfield, 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 eSafety and PSHE lessons.
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.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
Foxfield is a diverse school. We actively promote diversity through our celebrations of different faiths and cultures. Religious Education lessons and PSHE 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 that are important to different faiths.
Our School Values are: