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Promoting British Values

                                                      Promoting British Values

In 2011, the Government defined British Values as:

democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.

We promote these values through our:

  • Seven Aims: share, support, secure, safe, standards, strength, success
  • high expectations of behaviour and learning
  • Christian values of Love, Respect and Courage
  • school worships and Church festivals

                       Value

                                               How We Promote This:

               Democracy

    Links to our School Aims

      and Christian Values:

    share, support, strength, standards, respect in action, courage in action

     

     

     

    UN CRC Article 12: Children have the right to say what they think should happen, when adults are making decisions that affect them, and to have their opinions taken into account.

     

    We have the DARTS, an elected School Council. This is used as an opportunity to teach about democracy and the electoral process during Key Stage 1 and 2 voting assemblies.

    • We encourage leadership in school, at all levels. Our older children have the opportunity to take on whole school leadership roles which include Junior Peer Mentors, Librarians, office duties, especially during parents’ evenings, Year R lunchtime buddies, reading partners and others. They write letters of application for these roles and are interviewed.
    • Democracy is promoted through PSHE lessons, Pupil Voice, collective worship themes, Healthy Eating, Let’s Think lessons and fundraising opportunities for local or national charities.
    • Our Collective Worship themes explore ideas of democracy and how people have significantly influenced changes in the World through;  teachings of The Bible, current news items, local news and related stories.

    The rule of law

    Links to our Christian values and  School Aims:

        love in action, courage in action, respect in action

    secure, safe, support, success

     

    UN CRC Article 19: Governments should ensure that children are properly cared for, and protect them from violence, abuse and neglect by their parents, or anyone else who looks after them.

     

     

     

     

     

    • We have high expectations of behaviour and learning and this is reflected in our Behaviour Policy. Our Behaviour Policy is clearly linked to our School Aims and Christian Values. The children are encouraged to make good choices and to avoid being influenced by others to make bad choices. There are rewards for good and caring behaviour and consistent demonstration of our aims, rules and Christian Values which are also recognised through our Friday Celebration Worships, Class Sharing Worships and care of our school environment and community. There are clear and agreed consequences for unacceptable behaviour in our behaviour policy outlined in our ‘Levels of Behaviour’ chart, (our aims and behaviour policies are revisited with all pupils and staff every term in the first assemblies to ensure consistency of approach). The pupils have been involved in drawing up the Computing Charter for safe use of the computer across the school and ‘E’ Safety.
    • Through our school assemblies, circle time, Let’s Think lessons and PSHE, children are taught how to earn trust and respect and are supported to develop a strong sense of morality; knowing right from wrong and choosing to do the right thing even when it is difficult.
    • The local police officer/ PCSO visits the school regularly, to talk to the children and explain about their role in society, behaviour in the community and ways to keep safe and secure.
    • Our curriculum exploits opportunities to explore origins of law and how this has evolved over time, for example through our Viking unit and the origin of ‘Dane Law’ which was brought to England and influenced early law making, being a Prime Minister and links with our local MP and an annual visit to The Houses of Parliament.
    • In Key Stage 2 the Mayor works with our children each year, on their visit to Winchester Guildhall, to help them learn about the rule of law and how this protects you.
    • We work closely with our families through the extra support given by our  Inclusion Manager and Child Family Support Worker to help improve outcomes for children, including helping families through difficult times, and working on strategies to improve welfare, behaviour, care, parenting (e.g. attendance).

          

    Individual Liberty

    Links to our Christian values and  School Aims:

    love in action, courage in action, respect in action

    secure, safe, support, success

    UN CRC Article 31: All children have the right to relax and play, and to join in a wide range of activities.

     

    UN CRC Article 15: Children have the right to meet together and join groups and organisations, as long as this does not stop other people from enjoying their rights.

    Through our school values and the PSHE programme, children are taught about personal responsibility, making good and bad choices, friendships, sex and relationships, ambition and aspiration. They are encouraged to take opportunities to follow their interests in art, music, sport, cooking etc. Children are taught how to keep themselves safe, including E-safety and more recently First Aid. These are taught  and done through computing lessons, assemblies and outside organisations such as the St John Ambulance, Child Line, the NSPCC, as well as through the PSHE  curriculum and ELSA.

    The school has specific focussed weeks which address aspects of Individual Liberty, for example, our  programme of Collective Worships and PSHE  focusses on individuals who have played a significant part in challenging injustice and inequality. (E.g. William Wilberforce; Nelson Mandela; the Suffragettes; Martin Luther-King).

    • Our curriculum also has opportunities to explore liberty and the context of this in different periods, for example through our Victorian unit , Coaling and Mining in Geography and the impact of industrialisation on the working classes, and how individual liberty and freedom affected different parts of society in our study of the rRomans, Greeks and Egyptians.

         

     

    Mutual Respect

    Links to our Christian values and  School Aims:

    love in action, courage in action, respect in action

    safe, support, secure

     

    UN CRC Article 2: The Convention applies to everyone whatever their race, religion, abilities, whatever they think or say and whatever type of family they come from.

     

    UN CRC Article 30: Children have a right to learn and use the language and customs of their families, whether these are shared by the majority of people in the country or not.

     

     

     

     

    We have high expectations of behaviour and learning and this is reflected in our Behaviour Policy and our Single Equality Policy. We encourage pupils to share their beliefs and customs within their learning. We study various topics including:Chinese New Year, Succot, Shabbat, Diwali, Holi, The Five Pillars of Islam, Magnificent Me, the Food eaten in different cultures and many more, to celebrate different religions, as well as the diversity and the uniqueness of everyone in our school.

    • Through our school aims and Christian values, PSHE, R.E.  and Let’s Think lessons children are taught to respect each other, and differing ideas and opinions. Children are taught to be co-operative and collaborative, to be supportive of each other and to look for similarities while being understanding of differences.
    • Our Junior Peer Mentors teach our children to play co-operatively with each other, and help children to resolve conflicts amicably.
    • Mutual respect is also promoted through our programme of collective worship and visiting speakers.

    Our Inclusion Manager and Child Family Support Worker also offer support to families by providing support with lines of communication such as: with form filling and school newsletter , as well as accessing EMTAS as a service for pupils and families with EAL.

     

     

    Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs

    Links to our Christian values and  School Aims:

     love in action, courage in action, respect in action

    secure, safe, support

     

    UN CRC Article 14: Children have the right to think and believe what they want, and to practise their religion, as long as they are not stopping other people from enjoying their rights. Parents should guide their children on these matters.

     

     

     

     

    We have high expectations of pupils learning and behaviour and this is reflected in our Behaviour Policy.

    • We deal firmly with any instances of bullying behaviour, including the use of racist or homophobic language.
    • We keep a behaviour log of all behaviour instances which require a behaviour sanction and this is monitored and evaluated by the Inclusion Manager sanction.

    Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs is promoted through the Hampshire County Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education- Living Difference. Children learn about different religions, their beliefs, places of worship and festivals. The children’s learning on these subjects are often displayed around the classrooms, on the school website or around the school, see class books and booklets. Non-uniform days often give pupils opportunities to dress in costumes which are part of their faiths and we capitalise on these opportunities to celebrate diversity within our school.

    Our themes for collective worship are also used to highlight the importance of Love and Respect for all.

    • Different faiths, traditions and beliefs are explored and compared through our curriculum units e.g. Egyptians, The Mayan Civilisation, food in different cultures within our FIT2Cook programme.
    • Visits to the school are made by our local Rector and curate, other religious leaders, and children have the opportunity to visit places of worship, such as; the local All Saints Church and Winchester Cathedral.
  • school curriculum
  • enrichment activities.

 


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