PROMOTING BRITISH VALUES AT Abbots Ripton CE (A) Primary School
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.”
At Abbots Ripton CE Primary School these values are taught through delivering a broad and balanced curriculum which appeals to, and challenges, children of all ages. The school takes the opportunity to promote these values during class lessons, in assemblies and more explicitly in PSHE and RE lessons.
At Abbots Ripton CE Primary School, the British Values are reinforced in the following ways:
Democracy is an important aspect of our school ethos and plays an important role in the development of our school. Through the School’s House System and pupil questionnaires children are given a voice and an opportunity to effect change within the school.
At the beginning of each year, each class will elect the School Council members through a democratic vote. The representatives will attend regular meetings to discuss issues arising as well as promoting resolutions and implementing new systems to their peers. The children are given the confidence to express their opinions in the knowledge that they will be acted upon.
Rule of Law:
The importance of laws and rules is consistently reinforced and recognised by teachers and children alike. The children take an active role in deciding upon our Golden Rules and our Class Rules. This helps them to understand that rules and laws both govern and protect us.
In Key Stage 2 our ‘Buddies’ take an active role in solving problems and resolving conflicts between younger children. They are encouraging our youngest pupils to agree upon a positive way forward when a disagreement occurs. These processes give children a deeper understanding of justice and accountability.
We are always keen to invite outside agencies, such as the Police and Fire Service, into our school or to visit activities like Safety Zone to help to reinforce the message of how important laws and rules are.
At Abbots Ripton CE Primary School, pupils are encouraged to make choices and speak their minds. Our school environment is safe, secure and supportive, providing children with the confidence to express themselves. Children are encouraged to make choices about their education, ranging from activities in class, extra- curricular activities and even the quality of their work through self- assessment.
If a child finds it difficult to express themselves through discussion then we provide opportunities to use the arts to support them (play therapy).
As a Church of England school we recognise and celebrate each child’s uniqueness as God given
Some of these are entwined with SMSC too.
Democracy and rule of law
- Teaching Skara Brea in yr2 first term
- Florence Nightingale yr2/3
- 50 years of school changes and history
- Back to The Future topic looking at changes in society
- Children vote for House Captains and for the school council
- School Council elections have been discussed and challenged by the pupils and new systems have now been introduced.
- School council run in democratic way with everyone respecting views.
Chaired and minutes taken by the children
- Curriculum will include election of new government and all that that involves.
- Magna Carta anniversary will be celebrated.
- History and Geography: pupils will analyse events in the UK and world history where British values have been tested, such as both World wars. In geography pupils could look at how different cultures live and work throughout the world.
- Freedom of speech promoted in class discussions and circle time- PSHE
- School council attend Parish council meeting annually to talk about work
Tolerance and Respect
- RE includes tolerance and understanding of different religions
- French and Spanish clubs available
- Year 3, 4, 5, and 6 residential trips
Citizenship and Individual Liberty
- PCSO invited to take assembly
- Awareness of the wider world with charity work including ‘Send my Friend to School’
- Year 6 chosen charity researched and enterprise schemes to raise further money
- Wider community clubs i.e. art, gardening, drama
- Collective worship – candle, prayer and reflection
- Church visits
- Year 4-6 visit to Ely Cathedral Schools Day
- Assemblies which are interactive and focus on the school aims and values
- Class prayers written by children
- PSHE and RE syllabus followed
- Singing, art and dance
- Behaviour policies known and followed
- Friendship Bench
- Anti-bullying week
- Class rules set by children
- Pupil focus group appointed to write the Anti Bullying Policy
- School Council
- Class assemblies to parents
- School productions
- Play leaders
- Maths, science weeks
- Teaching French and Spanish and learning about their ways of life
- Topics covering a range of countries
- Steel drumming visitors
- Visits planned to local mosques and other places of religious observance
- Multi cultural weeks planned in annually
- School is a member of the British Council