Promoting British Values:
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.”
At Wragby Primary these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Democracy is rife within the school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our Pupil Council and Pupil questionnaires. The elections of House Captains and representatives to School Council is led by the children, with children presenting manifesto’s and having an actual election event with polling booths and voting slips. We also regularly vote across the curriculum. We emphasis that democracy isn’t about always being right, it’s about having a voice and that all opinions need to be heard. We have pupil voice boxes within each classroom that children take to school council meetings to be shared and discussed. Children choose the charities we support and help to organise these events.
The Rule of Law:
The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school Collective Worship. 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 from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service, are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message. Our Golden Rules support our day-to-day work and promote appropriate behaviour and adherence to rules. Pupils take on key roles such as Peer Mediators and class ‘buddies’ to support one another during the school day and to promote peace and harmony.
Within school, 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 choices safety, through of provision of a safe environment and immersive education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advise how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and PSHE lessons. Pupils are given the freedom to make choices whether it is for where they wish to work, who they wish to work with, to something as simple as choosing an extra curricular club.
Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy has revolved around Core Values such as ‘Respect’, and pupils are frequently involved in discussions about what this means and how it is shown. Golden Rules around the school promote respect for others and this is reiterated through the classroom as well as our behaviour policy. We have pupils look after our school environment and we also encourage our children to participate in local projects to ensure that respect extends to caring for their community. Mutual respect, and the respect of others, is also promoted through our competitive sports programme. Collective Worship and teaching and learning through RE frequently draw upon ‘respect’.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:
This is achieved through enhancing pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Collective Worships and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE and PSHE. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school and visitors are encourage into the school to support this further. Charity work for a range of local, national and global charities also promotes children’s understanding of tolerance for others. Our work with our international schools also supports this work.
Staff have received training in making the most of all learning opportunities and are creative in using these opportunities to link to our British Values!
All staff have received Prevent Training from Lincolnshire Police.