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 our school these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Democracy is core to our school Christian Ethos. It is embedded in school life.
Children have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council and Pupil questionnaires.
- Elections for School Council representatives are undertaken in each class.
- Year Six School Council representatives will be invited to attend a Governing Body meeting each year, so that all Governors have opportunity to question pupils and to learn their views.
- Governors will regularly interview pupils to ensure that Governors learn directly how pupils view our school
- Children are always able to voice their opinions and we foster an environment where children are safe to disagree with each other.
The Rule of Law:
The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced in our expectations throughout every school day, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. Children 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 and Fire Service etc are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message.
Within our schools, children are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. Our PSHE policy underpins and supports this decision making and enables children to make the right choices. It also gives them the vocabulary to enter into a dialogue with others in their decision making.
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. Children are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and PSHE lessons. Whether it be 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.
At Sledmere & Wetwang Federation we pride ourselves on our positive relationships. We treat each other with mutual respect and work in a climate where openness, trust and inclusion lay the foundations for their future life.
All classes have weekly ‘circle’ time.
Our Christian values underpins all aspects of school life and gives staff and children the opportunity to discuss and reflect on the values in life that they believe in. It is our values that determine our thinking and behaviour and the way in which we interpret the world around us. We aim to help children learn the art of reflection and questioning to enable them to make sense of the world around them. We teach children to be understanding and solution focused rather than judging others and getting cross. By the time children leave our school, they understand that values are important if people in our society are going to live happily together, in peace and harmony.
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 PSHCE. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. The schools hold events at our local churches, but every child will have opportunity to attend school visits to other centres of worship.