Fundamental British Values

 

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Promoting British Values

The Government defines British Values as democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs. We promote these values through our own school values, curriculum and enrichment activities.

 

Value

How We Promote It

Democracy

 

United Nations Convention on the Rights of Children Article 12:

Children have the right to say what they think should happen, when adults are making decisions that affect them, and to have their opinions taken into account.

  • We have an elected School Council. This is used as an opportunity to promote and teach about democracy and the electoral process.
  • We encourage volunteerism. This includes things like sports leaders, Buddies, play leaders, and also raising money for local and national charities. 
  • The beginnings of democracy are taught through historical research of the Ancient Greece civilisation. 
  • Democracy is also promoted through the 21st Century Legacy Be the Best You Can Be Programme as well as additional PSHCEE lessons and assemblies. 
  • Children are taught about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and learn to respect their rights and the rights of others.

The rule of law

 

United Nations Convention on the Rights of Children Article 19: Governments should ensure that children are properly cared for, and protect them from violence, abuse and neglect by their parents, or anyone else who looks after them.

  • We have high expectations about pupil conduct and this is reflected in our Behaviour Policy. There are rewards for exhibiting good and caring behaviour and consistent demonstration of our values is recognised through such things as ‘Golden Table’, ‘Star of the Week’ and good conduct awards.
  • Through our school assemblies, circle time and PSHCEE children are taught how to earn trust and respect and are supported to develop a strong sense of morality; knowing right from wrong and doing the right thing even when it’s difficult.
  • The local police officer / PCSO visits the school to talk to the children and explain about their role in society. 
  • Children are taught about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and learn to respect their rights and the rights of others.

Individual liberty

 

United Nations Convention on the Rights of Children Article 31: All children have a right to relax and play, and to join in a wide range of activities.

 

United Nations Convention on the Rights of Children Article 15:   Children have the right to meet together and to join groups and organisations, as long as this does not stop other people from enjoying their rights.

  • Children are taught about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and learn to respect their rights and the rights of others.
  • Through the SEAL, PSHCEE programme, children are taught about personal responsibility, choices, ambition and aspiration. They are encouraged to take opportunities to follow their interests in art, music, sport etc.
  • SEAL has specific units relating to individual liberty including ‘Good To Be Me!’
  •  Children are taught how to keep themselves safe, including on-line. This is done through computing lessons, assemblies and outside organisations such as the NSPCC, as well as through the PSHCEE curriculum.

Mutual respect

 

United Nations Convention on the Rights of Children Article 2: The Convention applies to everyone whatever their race, religion, abilities, whatever they think or say and whatever type of family they come from.

 

United Nations Convention on the Rights of Children Article 30: Children have a right to learn and use the language and customs of their families, whether these are shared by the majority of people in the country or not.

  • We have high expectations about pupil conduct and this is reflected in our Behaviour Policy and Single Equality Policy.
  • Through the 21st Century Legacy and SEAL programmes, PSHCEE and circle time children are taught to respect each other, to be cooperative and collaborative, be supportive and to look for similarities while being understanding of differences.
  • The SEAL theme of ‘Getting on and Falling Out’ explores these issues well. 
  • Mutual respect is also promoted through additional PSHCEE lessons and assemblies. A range of specific circle times are delivered focusing on helping other pupils to understand specific special needs.
  • Children are taught about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and learn to respect their rights and the rights of others.

Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs

 

United Nations Convention on the Rights of Children Article 14:   Children have the right to think and believe what they want, and to practise their religion, as long as they are not stopping other people from enjoying their rights. Parents should guide their children on these matters.

  • We have high expectations about pupil conduct and this is reflected in our Behaviour Policy and Equality, Diversity and Cohesion Policy.
  • Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs is promoted through the Syllabus for Religious Education.   Children learn about different religions, their beliefs, places of worship and festivals. The children’s work on this subject or whole school learning in assemblies is often displayed in the classrooms or around the school.
  • This is supplemented by assemblies (Key Stage and whole school), which also mark and celebrate significant religious festivals such as Ramadan and Diwali. 
  • Children have the opportunity to visit places of worship.
  • Children are taught about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and learn to respect their rights and the rights of others.

As you are all aware we have been taking part in an Art Project around 'British Fundamental Values'. Our Art work was then displayed at Bentley My Place. This was a successful weekend enabling our children to celebrate their achievements and work together as a community. Thank you to all of those who visited the art work and all of our children for producing such fantastic work!