British Values at Squirrels Heath Infant 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 this year (2014).
At Squirrels Heath Infant School we aim for our children to become valuable and fully rounded members of society who treat others with respect and tolerance, regardless of background. We promote the basic British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance for those with different faiths and beliefs.
How do we teach this?
Mutual Respect and the Tolerance of those with different Faiths and Beliefs
Respect is a fundamental school value which is communicated to children through our School Charter.We pay explicit attention to this as part of our RE, PHSE, and SMSC curriculum.
All different faiths and beliefs are explored and celebrated through assemblies, RE sessions and a variety of visitors into school. The children are taught that people have different faiths and beliefs and through assemblies and discussions about prejudice and bullying we teach tolerance and respect. Children within our school with different faiths are encouraged to share their practices and special celebrations. We encourage parents into the school to share their beliefs and traditions.
Democracy is a school value that children meet when discussing respect and fairness:
Children’s voice is valued throughout the school at class and whole school level.
Whenever possible we model the democratic process informally.
We have a School Learning Council which consists of two members from each class who are nominated and voted for through a formal ballot process. The Learning Council meet monthly with the Head Teacher and senior staff to discuss areas of learning and improvement across the school. They play a role in school decision making and improvement. They share this process with their peers in a Class Learning Forum.
Children are given plenty of opportunities to share their views – across the curriculum.
Children are also taught to respect public institutions and service as part of their learning.
e.g. ‘People who help us.’ [EYFS]
Rule of Law
As a school that respects UNICEF entitlement rights for children, we have a School Charter which all children are expected to abide by. Through PSHE, Assemblies and Circle time children are taught about the laws of our country and the role of the Queen, the Prime Minister and members of parliament in creating and implementing those laws. We also learn about the roles of law and authority through the history curriculum, e. g. Gunpowder plot. We ensure that children understand that all of these laws are there to protect us and are essential for our wellbeing and safety. We ensure school rules and expectations are clear and fair helping pupils to distinguish right from wrong. We have links to the local Police who visit school and talk about their job.
All children are taught to understand the importance of making’ right choices’. Children are taught to understand that we need to make right choices to keep our school a ‘happy and safe place to learn’.
Children are strongly encouraged to develop independence in learning and to think for themselves.
We support the children in becoming confident, effective independent learners and citizens in many of our curriculum activities.
We foster children taking responsibility for their own action e.g. their ‘Choice.’
Through SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural) activities and displays we provide different choices that the children can make and encourage them to make the right choices. In an age appropriate way we look at E-safety and the importance of keeping yourself safe by choosing not to share personal information.
We teach children that with freedom comes responsibilities for their behaviour.
Should you feel at any time that the school does not act in accordance with the Department for Education guidance, or that your child has / is vulnerable to the opinions, viewpoints or suggestions of those in or out of the school, that may be deemed political, social or religious radicalisation, please contact the Head Teacher.