Promoting British Values:
The DfE 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.”
At Reepham C of E 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, Energy Committees etc… We also regularly vote in the class assembly and across the curriculum. Our rewards policy involves winning teams voting for ‘treats’. We emphasis that democracy isn’t about always being right, it’s about having a voice. We have a pupil mailbox direct to the headteacher.
· 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; Fire Service, etc… are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message.Pupils take on roles such as walking monitors and prefects.
· Individual Liberty:
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 empowering 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. Whether it be through choice of challenge in maths lessons, of how they record evidence or if they choose to participate in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.
· Mutual Respect:
Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy has revolved around Core Values such as ‘Respect’, and pupils have been part of discussions and Collective Worships relating to what this means and how it is shown. Posters around the school promote respect for others and this is reiterated through our classroom and learning rules, as well as our behaviour policy. We have pupils look after our school environment highlighting that respects works both ways, this can be seen in our playground growing area and in the fact our tuck shop is now an honesty box.
· 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. We have a central display where pupils can be proud of their religion and share what it means to them.
Staff have received training in making the most of all learning opportunities, if they are reading a story, looking at an aspect of history, or conducting a vote in maths- they will use these opportunities to link to our British Values!
Lincolnshire Police used our school to host Prevent training, we were used as a good example for visually promoting British Values.