Promoting British Values at Wroot Travis Charity Church of England Primary School
The DfES 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 this year (2014). At Wroot Travis Charity Church of England Primary School these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
We have a school council which meets at least twice a term. All the children are involved in the meetings which are led by a member of staff although the agenda is set by the children. All members are elected by their classmates after a proper election process has taken place. Members debate ideas, vote and then communicate the results with their classes. In addition to this, children complete a number of surveys and questionnaires where they are able to put forward their views about the school on a number of issues including behaviour, safeguarding and anti-bullying. Our KS2 children take part in 'mock' general elections.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws, whether they are those that govern the class, the school, or the country, is consistently reinforced at Wroot Travis. Pupils are taught from an early age the rules of the school. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind rules and 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 local PCSO, Police and Fire Service help reinforce this message.
At Wroot Travis, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make informed choices, through a safe environment and an empowering education. Positive choices are reinforced by using the language of consequences, responsibility and accountability. Pupils are given the freedom to make choices, for example, whether it is through choice of challenge, how they record their work or by choosing to participate in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities.
Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy has revolved around Values such as 'Respect', and pupils have been part of discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown. The school ethos and aims promote respect, tolerance and understanding for others. Through our ethos and culture we embed the Inclusion of all of society and will always support and celebrate each individual.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
Wroot Travis actively promotes diversity through our celebrations of different faiths and cultures. Religious Education lessons and PSHE lessons reinforce messages of tolerance and respect for others. Members of different faiths and religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. Important festivals, representing a variety of different religions are celebrated throughout the year. The children visit places of worship that are important to different faiths.
We aim to promote the importance of citizenship. We encourage pupils to become active and effective members of our school, as part of the local community and as global citizens. By developing and promoting such attitudes and beliefs, pupils will understand and care about the world in which they live and to understand their responsibility to change that world to make it better.