Westover Primary School Guidance to British Values
Promoting British Values
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 Westover Primary School these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Westover Primary is a UNICEF Rights Respecting school. Each year the children decide upon their class charter and the rights associated with these. All the children contribute to the drawing up of the whole school pupil pledge which is shared with parents.
Children have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. We have a school council which meets regularly to discuss issues raised in class. The council is able to genuinely effect change within the school.
The school council at Westover Primary school has been set up and organised democratically. Initially, an assembly was held which informed children of what school councils do and what might be expected of them if they were to become a class representative. All children were invited to complete a job application form if they wanted to be considered for the post. The application forms were shortlisted to 3 children from each class.The short listed children wrote manifestos; made posters and gave a speech to their own class. All children voted for their class school councillor anonymously using a ballot box and a voting slip.
The school council meet on a weekly basis to share ideas and to discuss improvements that they would like to make in school
The Rule of Law
The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies.
Pupils 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. We have a clear behaviour policy that includes reward for upholding the expectations of behaviour and appropriate sanctions for breaching these expectations.
Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make choices safely, through provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils 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 learning challenge, of how they record, how they behave towards others, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.
As a Rights Respecting School, mutual respect is at the heart of our values. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect and this is fundamental to our Pupil pledge, Behaviour charter and expectations for parents.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
Westover Primary School is situated in an area which is not greatly culturally diverse, therefore we place a great emphasis on promoting diversity with the children. Our RE, PSHE and RRSA teaching reinforce this. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. Children visit places of worship that are important to different faiths.
At Westover Primary School we will actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views.