Promoting and Teaching British Values
As part of our commitment to the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development of our children, we 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.
Actively promoting these values means challenging opinions or behaviours in school that are contrary to fundamental British values. At Plantation primary these values are promoted and reinforced regularly through our school values, curriculum and enrichment activities.
Democracy is an important value at our school.
Children have the opportunity to have their voices heard when electing their peers to represent them through the school council, the Eco council and in Year 6 when selecting Head Boy and Head Girl. These elections are reflective of our British electoral system and demonstrate democracy in action.
Children have the opportunity to air their opinions and ideas through our School Council, the Eco Council and regular pupil questionnaires on issues such as bullying.
Children are always listened to by adults and are taught to listen carefully to each other, respecting the right of every individual to have their opinions and their voices heard. Staff act as role models for this.
Children’s voices are also heard during subject moderation. Children are given the chance to share their views on subjects and what changes they would like. These views are considered when action points are being identified.
Part of our English curriculum allows children to have debates linked to developing a sense of a balanced argument, listening to both sides of an argument, understanding how decisions are made and voting on an outcome using techniques such as consequence alley.
We encourage volunteerism in and out of school. This includes the School Council, the Eco-Council, Sports Leaders and Play Time Buddies, Digital Leaders, and raising money for charity.
The beginnings of democracy are taught through historical research of the Ancient civilisations. Democracy is also promoted through additional PSHE lessons and assemblies.
Opportunities for demonstrating democracy in action, such as the 2017 General election, are used to further promote understanding.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws whether they are those that govern the class, the school or the country, are consistently reinforced. We have high expectations about pupil conduct and this is reflected in our Behaviour Policy.
Our school follows a ‘Good to be Green’ behaviour system , which is deeply embedded in our work every day. As part of this system, we have a Code of Conduct that the children are expected to follow. Children are given verbal warnings with reference to the Code of Conduct and if further rules are not followed, Golden Time loss occurs.
At the end of the week, children who have lost Golden Time will use that time to identify which aspect of the code they have broken in order to ensure that a connection is made and understood between actions and consequences.
Through our school assemblies, circle time and PSHE 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.
Each class discusses right from wrong and sets their own class rules that are clearly understood by all and seen to be necessary to ensure that every class member is able to learn in a safe and ordered environment. These rules are linked to the Code of Conduct.
Our pupils are taught the values 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, fire service etc., are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message.
The importance of praise and reward for when children follow the code of conduct is an integral part of our school ethos. Rewards such as house points, Person of the Week, Golden Time and stickers are given to children for making progress academically, for trying hard, for good behaviour and for general manners and kindness.
Children are actively encouraged to make choices at our school, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we provide boundaries for our children to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and planned curriculum. Children are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely.
Children are taught how to keep themselves safe, including on-line. This is taught through computing lessons, assemblies and outside organisations, including the Police and Fire Service, as well as through the PSHE curriculum.
Our e-safety teaching focuses on the children making the right choice online to keep them safe while enjoying the benefits that the internet and modern technology provides.
A large part of our behaviour policy and application of sanctions is based upon choice. Teachers apply the language of choice in their classrooms.
Our pupils are given the freedom to make choices and are encouraged to act responsibly and show initiative.
Children are taught about freedoms and the responsibilities that come with those freedoms. There are lots of positions of responsibility within the school - digital leaders, reading advocates, house captains, head boy and girl - and children are encouraged to apply for these positions.
Children are encouraged to sign up for extra-curricular clubs with focus given to children who will benefit the most from the club i.e. to inspire reading and writing; physical activity
Mutual Respect and Tolerance of Those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
Our school ethos and behaviour policy are based around core values of ‘respect’ and ‘responsibility’. Assemblies often reinforce these values and show the values using practical examples.
We have high expectations about the way children conduct themselves. Respect is referred to regularly by teachers in regard to behaviour in lessons with practical examples given.
Adults throughout the school model, demonstrate and promote respect for others.
Respect is a recurring feature of our celebration assemblies.
Through our school’s values, PSHE, circle time, assemblies and lessons, our children are taught to respect each other, to be cooperative and collaborative, to be supportive and to look for similarities while celebrating and understanding differences.
Tolerance of Those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
The tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs is inextricably linked to our core values of ‘respect’ and ‘responsibility’. As our community is largely white British, we feel it vital that we communicate the importance of tolerance and respect of those with different faiths and beliefs and give our children the opportunity to experience cultural diversity both within and outside of our local community.
Assemblies and discussions within RE and PSHE lessons allow our children the chance to understand and build knowledge of the beliefs and faiths of others.
Our RE curriculum ensures that all the six major religions of the world (Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, Sikhism and Hinduism) are covered twice from Year 1 to 6.
The children’s work on different faiths and beliefs are often displayed in the classrooms or around the school.
Beliefs, traditions and customs from around the world are studied, with visitors being invited into our school to enrich and extend understanding.
Through our curriculum our children gain an enhanced understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and an understanding of the importance of identifying and combatting discrimination.