Promoting British Values Statement
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 by the Prime Minister this year. At Fairstead Community Primary and Nursery School these values are reinforced in the following ways:
Democracy is richly embedded within the school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through School Council. Our school rewards and sanctions encourage positive behaviour and good manners.
The Rule of Law:
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. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service are a regular part of our calendar events and help reinforce this message. We also have regular assemblies involving the school’s 4cs – Cooperation, Consideration, Concentration and Celebration.
Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. We provide opportunities for children to express their preference through voting for example, School Council and Playground monitors. As a school, we educate and provide boundaries for all pupils to make choices safely, through provision of a safe environment and an empowering approach through the education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these appropriately, for example through our E-Safety and PSHE lessons.
As a school which holds values at the core of its ethos, Respect is one of our values taught explicitly within lessons and collective worship. It is shared with home through newsletters and website information. Adults throughout the school model, demonstrate and promote respect for others as do older children who have suitable, age related, tasks and responsibilities and this is reiterated through our classroom and learning rules, as well as our behaviour.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:
Fairstead Community Primary and Nursery School is a culturally rich and diverse school where children have unique opportunities to learn from each other by sharing and celebrating their different faiths and cultures. Collective worship and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed up and supported by learning in RE and PSHE.