Promoting British Values at Green Street Green Primary School
The DfE have 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 2011 , and these values were reiterated in 2014.
At Green Street Green Primary 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 in the following ways:
We have a School Council with represented members from each of the year groups. These children have election campaigns and are voted for by their class. The Council meets regularly and in the meetings the children’s views and ideas on a range of school issues are sought and they help make decisions. The council representatives feedback to their classes and seek their opinions which they bring to their meetings and are also involved in fund raising for the school. In Year 6, we have House and Vice Captains which are voted for by the whole school.
The Rule of Law
Children are taught from the beginning the ‘values’ of the school. Pupils are taught the importance of and reasons behind our school ‘values’, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences/rewards when the ‘values’ are/are not kept. Each class agrees its own class rules at the beginning of the academic year.
Pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. Making choices is a key part of the way we want children to learn and of the school vision, which children learn about through assemblies and PHSE work. Through their learning, we discuss different choices that the children can make and encourage them to make the right choices. We look at Online safety as a key part of the Computing curriculum and the importance making safe choices when online.
Mutual respect is at the heart of our values. 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. The children and staff often work with other schools in our collaboration and with the local Church which develops their respect for others in the wider community.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
All different faiths and beliefs are explored and celebrated through assemblies, RE sessions and visitors into school. The children are taught that people have different faiths and beliefs and that these should be accepted. Children and staff within our school with different faiths are encouraged to share their practices and special celebrations. Our school also has links with St Marys Church and the Green Street Green Baptist Church and we have a visitor from this church who regularly does assemblies for us.