The DfE has 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 and these values have been reiterated by the Prime Minister this year (2014)
At Bromley Heath Infants 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.
British values are regularly promoted in a way that is accessible and at an age appropriate level. This is achieved through high quality teaching, a rounded programme of assemblies and a positive behaviour policy. Fundamental British values are also promoted through our Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) development of pupils, our SEAL (social, emotional aspects of learning) and PHSE (Personal, Health, Social education) curriculum.
Our core school values of Independence, Respect, Perseverance, Confidence and Pride also give pupils opportunities to develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in, and contribute positively to life in modern Britain.
The children are given opportunities to experience democracy in action through the following..
We listen to our children’s voice they are consulted on the themes and topics they are taught and voting is often used to decide things that happen within the classroom.
School Council: The School council consists of 12 year 1&2 children who represent their classes and are elected by their class mates. The school council meets regularly and are actively involved in school improvement and decision making. They discuss issues including social and moral elements of school life such as, creating codes for playground behaviour and risk assessments for playground equipment. They are also involved in making decisions about charity fund raising, recruitment, and run assemblies about their work. They hold class council meetings where areas discussed in meetings are fed back to the rest of the class and, where decisions need to be made, each class member has a vote.
Eco Council: The Eco Council look after our school and make decisions about how to ensure that our school does not waste valuable resources. Children apply for a place on this council and a vote takes place if there are too many candidates.
Sports Council: The sports council support the PE leader and sports coaches in making decisions about the activities are provided at lunchtimes.
Rule of Law
Our school behaviour code is prominent around the school and is outlined in our Behaviour Policy. The children are taught the value of and reasons behind the code and children are aware that the code is there to keep everyone safe.
All classes create their own class rules based on the school’s behaviour code at the beginning of each year. The rules are signed by all members of the class and displayed in classrooms.
Parts of the History curriculum also enable the children to explore the roles of law and authority, for example Remembrance and the Gunpowder Plot.
We help the children to understand that they are responsible for making good or bad choices. They are taught that there are consequences for making bad choices and that there are clear sanctions for poor choices, which are shared by the whole school.
Through our SEAL and PHSE sessions we discuss different choices they may make and the consequences of those choices. They are encouraged by all adults in school to make the right choices and this is supported by our assemblies and behaviour code.
Children are also taught the importance making safe choices when using the internet and know how to keep themselves safe online.
Mutual Respect is one of our school’s core values and we believe that respect for others is a vital element of moral development. We are an inclusive school where everyone is valued and has a contribution to make to the school. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others.
Respect is modelled to the children by the adults in school and they are supported to understand how to respect by talking about how actions/words can affect others. They are encouraged to respect each other throughout the day, including lunchtimes and playtimes.
Tolerance of difference faiths and beliefs
All major faiths and beliefs are celebrated through our assemblies, RE sessions and a variety of visitors into school. PHSE, SEAL and SACRE are used to promote respect and interest in learning about, and from, faiths and beliefs in our school.
The children are taught that people have different faiths and beliefs and that these should be accepted and respected.
The school’s resources include texts and artefacts from a range of different cultures to further raise the children’s awareness of different cultures, faiths and beliefs.