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 Castle View Primary School these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Teaching British Values
We at Castle View Primary School strive for excellence and promote citizenship, spiritual, moral and cultural appreciation, by providing a safe, secure, caring family environment, where all are valued and respected as individuals. Our ethos, values and curriculum are key in ensuring that pupils are respectful of all.
Democracy is important in our school. The views of pupils are always listened to and heard. We empower pupil voice by actively enabling children to make decisions that affect them and the whole school, their curriculum and their learning. Discussion and opportunities to vote are maximised through the ethos and the planning and organising of school events and often simple daily decisions. Sometimes even the smallest suggestion can make a big difference for example: pupils working alongside mid-day supervisors to develop lunchtime provision or the shop keepers improving the Castle shop. Children’s ideas are fostered, encouraged and valued. Following consultation decisions and actions are taken. Positive role models and the act of democracy can be seen through the accolade of ‘Castle View Crew’ membership, which is voted on by the whole school community.
The Rule of Law:
The importance of Laws, whether they be those that affect the pupil, class, school, community or our country, are reinforced daily through our behaviour policy and ethos. The whole school community promotes and reward pupils with Castle Coins reinforcing our ‘Learners for life…’ values and principles, which reflects the rule of law at a child centered, age appropriate level. Rewards and consequences are clear, fair and consistently applied by all. School assemblies, collective worship, PSHE, RE, history and other aspects of the curriculum are delivered to promote the importance 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 to and visitors from organisations such as the police reinforce the necessity for laws.
As a School we educate and provide boundaries for our pupils to make choices through the provision of a safe environment. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely, through our cross curricular teaching of E-Safety, Computing, PSHE and RE, as well as when opportunities arise within the day.
Tolerance and mutual Respect:
Our whole ethos and approach is fundamental in fostering a culture of tolerance and respect and is modelled by all. For us tolerance and respect starts with the smallest of steps from opening a door for each other to saying please and thank you to listening to and valuing differences of points of views.
As ‘Learners for life…’ respect and nurturing are promoted, praised and rewarded. Our school is and will continue to develop thanks to the open voice of all. In our school the voice of all pupils, staff and the community is heard, respected and encouraged. Modelling this to the children ensures that everyone in our school is important and that Castle View Primary school is part of a global community.
Weekly assemblies promote respect for individuals and the impact that one person’s view can have on shaping and changing the future.
Respect for Different Faiths and Beliefs:
The curriculum, assemblies, openness and ethos enhances our pupils’ understanding of their place in a multi-cultural society and by providing opportunities to experience diversity. School works closely with parents and the community to ensure inclusivity. World faiths are celebrated in collective worship and RE and members of different faiths are encouraged to share their beliefs and practices to enhance pupils’ understanding. Members of other world faiths are invited to lead collective worship and pupils visit a range of ‘places of worship’ as part of RE lessons throughout their time within School.