“The development of British values is strong in the school, with pupils taking part in democratic processes such as the election of class and school councils.”- (Ofsted – November 2015)
Our visions and values are at the core of everything we do. They underpin our teaching and learning, and provide an environment which prepares our pupils as confident, happy citizens.
Promoting British Values at Earl Spencer Primary
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 Earl Spencer these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Democracy is promoted throughout the school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our Class and School Councils and regular pupil questionnaires. The elections of House Captains and School Council members are based solely on pupil votes. After each of their meetings, school council representatives meet with the Headteacher to present the views of their classmates. The Headteacher then writes back in response, with agreed actions to be taken.
The Rule of Law:
The school rules were decided on after a whole school consultation and are known and understood by all children and adults. 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 assemblies. 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. The school has an active relationship with their community PCSO, who is a regular visitor to classes and whole school events.
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 ‘Staying Safe’ unit in PSHE. Whether it be through choice of challenge, of how they record or of participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.
Our school ethos revolves around our 6 Values, including ‘Respect’, which were decided upon after a whole school consultation. Assemblies each term are based around these values, with pupils being part of discussions related to what our values mean and how it is embodied in day to day life both in and out of school. Themes from assemblies are picked up on and developed in class during class council, PSHE and RE lessons.
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. Assemblies 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. Our parent and pupil questionnaires and feedback demonstrate our success in this area.