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 British Values

 

The Department for Education have stated that there is a 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.”

 

So what are the British Values?

Schools have been asked to explain how they promote British values.

There are certain values that have been attached to being British by the government and these fall into the following areas:

 

Democracy

 

The Rule of Law

 

Individual Liberty

 

Tolerance

 

Mutual respect

 

 

At Stoneyholme Primary School we are committed to these values and regularly reinforce them in the following ways:

 

Democracy

  • We provide pupils with a broad general knowledge of and promote respect for public institutions and services e.g parliament, police/emergency services.
  • We encourage pupils to become involved in decision-making processes and ensure they are listened to in school e.g. pupil leadership teams.
  • We have records of school council meetings / minutes of meetings and follow ups.
  • Where possible, we provide opportunities to use voting systems to show fair ways to achieve outcomes.
  • We help pupils to express their views e.g. through English lessons and opportunities to present work and opinions.
  • We teach pupils how public services operate and how they are held to account through PSHCE lessons. 

 

 

The Rule of Law

  • We have ensured that school / class rules and expectations are clear and fair. Each class has their own class charters which were made together at the beginning of the year. 
  • We help pupils to distinguish from right and wrong.
  • We help pupils to respect the law.
  • We help pupils to understand that living under the rule of law protects individuals. Children undertake many Rights Respecting sessions where they are aware of their rights and what the responsibilities of duty bearers are too. 
  • We involve pupils in discussing and rectifying poor behaviour which is not outlined in the behaviour policy. 
  • We ensure children understand the importance of road safety through PSHCE lessons. 

 

Individual Liberty

  • We support pupils to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence.
  • We encourage pupils to take responsibility for their behaviour as well as knowing their rights through Rights Respecting sessions. 
  • We challenge stereotypes.
  • We implement a strong anti-bullying culture which is celebrated every year in November. 
  • We help them to understand the concept of freedom.
  • We allow them to choose their own friends and play time equipment.
  • Children choose clubs that are undertaken as part of their enrichment. 

 

Respect & Tolerance

  • We promote respect for individual differences – school ethos, teaching of RE & PSHCE.
  • We help pupils to acquire an understanding of and respect for their own and other cultures and ways of life.
  • We organise visits to places of worship.
  • We discuss differences between people, such as differences of faith, ethnicity, disability, gender or sexuality and differences of family situations.
  • We appreciate national and international events. 
  • We celebrate the achievements of peers through class assemblies.

 

 

As well as embedding the values mentioned above, the children will also be considering the following concept questions throughout their learning. 

 

  • What does it mean to be a citizen
  • Does equality always mean treating everybody the same?
  • Is power always a positive thing?
  • Does change always make things better?
  • Is being part of a community the same for everyone?
  • Is trade necessary?

 

Alongside each of these key concepts, the children at Stoneyholme also consider second order concepts such as climate change, sustainability, equity, fairness, influence, identity, diversity and tradition. 

 

Following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, we had a whole school assembly to discuss the importance of different ways people mourn a death and we looked at information related to the new king.

Click on the following year groups to see some of the fantastic links that have been made with the British Values. Some links have also been made with current affairs such as picture news. 

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