The Department for Education have 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 Department for Education defines British Values as follows:
At Awsworth Primary & Nursery we reflect British Values in everything we do. We aim to nurture our children so they can grow into safe, caring, democratic, responsible and tolerant adults who make a positive difference to British society and to the world. We encourage our children to be creative, unique, open-minded and independent individuals, respectful of themselves and of others in our school, our local community and the wider world. Global learning is interwoven into all aspects of life at our school and we have established links with partner schools in Mexico, India, Australia, Egypt, Lebanon, Tanzania and China so that our children can view the world from the perspective of other people in other countries. We are a Rights Respecting school and the children learn about the rights of all children and how we respect and value these rights.
At Awsworth Primary & Nursery we actively promote British values in the following ways:
We value the opinions of our children and encourage them to join in debate and discussion of general interest in a climate that appreciates not everyone may share the same beliefs but where opinions can be expressed openly and listened to. The principles of democracy are discussed through our assemblies and in class discussion and the children have the opportunity to have their voices heard through the pupil elected School Council, involvement in staff appointments and through pupil questionnaires and surveys.
RULE OF LAW
0ur children follow ‘Golden Rules’, which are integral to their learning and ethos every day. School rules and expectations are clear, fair and regularly promoted. Pupils are always helped to distinguish right from wrong, in the classroom, during assemblies and on the playground and are regularly reminded about their rights and responsibilities and about how these are linked. They 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. Pupils are encouraged to respect the law and our drugs awareness programme DARE and visits from authorities such as the Police, Ambulance and Fire Service help to reinforce this message.
Within school children are encouraged to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence and are given the freedom to make choices, knowing they are in a safe and supportive environment. Through our e-safety teaching and PSHE lessons they are advised how to exercise their rights and personal freedoms safely. Vulnerable pupils are protected and stereotypes challenged and a strong anti-bullying culture is embedded in the school and any form of bullying is challenged and addressed.
MUTUAL RESPECT AND TOLERANCE OF THOSE WITH DIFFERENT FAITHS AND BELIEFS
Running through the heart of our school ethos and vision is respect. This is consistently and frequently discussed with the children through assemblies and in class and our behaviour code is based around ensuring all children respect one another and treat each other fairly. Staff and pupils are encouraged to challenge prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour. Our lessons promote an attitude of equality and fairness and challenge children to be respectful, understand each other and tolerate diversity. Our inclusive ethos and work to support local and national charities promotes understanding and respect for different groups in society and our links with schools in Mexico, India, Australia, Egypt, Brazil, Lebanon and China help our children acquire an understanding of, and respect for their own and other cultures and ways of life.
We offer a culturally rich and diverse curriculum in which all major religions are studied and respected and links and visits are promoted with local places of worship. Through the PSHE and RE curriculums pupils are encouraged to discuss and respect differences between people such as differences of faith, ethnicity, disability, gender or sexuality and differences of family situations.
Finally although we are extremely proud of our achievements in promoting British Values we continue to look for additional/different opportunities to reinforce such principles and qualities and attempt to respond spontaneously to prominent national or international events.