Promoting British Values
In accordance with The Department for Education we aim to actively promote British values in schools to ensure young people leave school prepared for life in modern Britain. Pupils are encouraged to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance and understand that while different people may hold different views about what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, all people living in England are subject to its law.
The Key Values are:
- rule of law
- individual liberty
- mutual respect
- tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
How this is done at Grange Primary:
Democracy can be seen as a state of society characterised by equality of rights and privileges. It can also refer to our nation’s electoral systems.
In school we promote the importance of democracy through such things as:
? The free and fair electoral process for student positions of responsibility.
? Students being encouraged to consider alternative pathways in lessons.
? Student Voice on key school decisions through processes including online whole school surveying.
? Students also elect peers to represent them.
Individual liberty suggests the free exercise of rights generally seen as outside Government control.
In school we promote the importance of individual liberty through such things as:
? The liberty afforded to students as they are involved creating the schools SMSC calendar.
? The abundance of extra-curricular activities and clubs, including extended studies.
? Students encouraged to voice views in lessons in a formative manner.
? Students offered autonomy over choices regarding reading materials within the schools scheme.
? Elements of choice in the school menus within healthy boundaries.
Rule of Law
All people and institutions are subject to and accountable to law that is fairly applied and enforced.
In school we promote the importance of the rule of law through such things as:
? The school’s behaviour policy.
? Marking and feedback, as well as homework, policies set clear boundaries which are explained clearly to students in the home school agreement.
? Accountability is stressed to all stakeholders including staff [teacher’s Standards], students [Student Code of Conduct], and Governors.
The proper regard for an individual’s dignity, which is reciprocated.
In school we promote the importance of mutual respect through such things as:
? The school’s behaviour policy
? The Staff’s Code of Conduct Policy
? School ethos statement
? Clear guidance on good behaviour around school.
? The publishing and enforcement of a smart dress code for students and staff [uniform]
? Wellbeing promotes mutual respect through the skills developed in sessions/ assemblies and the repetition of related content across the curriculum.
Tolerance of Those with Different Faiths and Beliefs
A fair, objective, and permissive attitude to those whose faith and beliefs may differ from one’s own.
In school we promote the importance of tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs through such things as:
? At Christmas we study different cultures and look at how this time is celebrated across the world.
? Acceptance of faith symbolism.
? Religious Studies taught to all students.
? Important Faith events are planned into the schools SMSC calendar.
? Faith assemblies.