What are ‘British Values’ and how do we learn about them at
Joseph Cash Primary School?
The Department for Education has invited schools to share fundamental British values. We welcome and embrace the opportunity to promote these values and this document sets out the learning that takes place across school. The values are;
· The rule of law
· Individual liberty
· Mutual respect
· Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
Children have many opportunities for their voices to be heard, through pupil questionnaires and interviews. They are consulted on the rewards which are incorporated into our school behaviour policy and their views are taken into account during curriculum design and when new initiatives or clubs are being considered. School councillors are elected through democratic voting in each class at the beginning of the school year and meet regularly to discuss issues raised in class council meetings. The council has its own budget and is able to genuinely effect change in the school.
The Rule of Law
The importance of Law, whether they be those that govern the class, the school or the country are consistency reinforced throughout the school day 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. The children understand the school’s Golden rules and the importance of following rules to keep each other safe. Visits from authorities such as the Police, Fire Service and Magistrates are incorporated into the curriculum.
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 children to make choices safely. Our outward bounds ‘Wow’ curriculum provides children with various opportunities to make choices about adventurous activities in a safe environment. Children are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through E-Safety and PSHE lessons Children are given choices about joining extra—curricular clubs and in some lessons they have the freedom to make choices about the level of challenge.
Our school has a set of core values for our pupils, parents and staff. Our values are reinforced through displays, newsletters, our website and in the curriculum when opportunities arise. Children discuss the values as part of collective worship and through PSHE lessons. All members of the school community treat each other with respect and adults throughout the school model, demonstrate, and promote respect for others.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
We are proud to have a cultural diverse population at our school, where over 36 different languages are spoken. Collective worship, R.E. and P.S.H.E lessons involve learning and discussions around different faiths, religions and prejudices. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within the school. Children have opportunities to visit different places of worship and we invite special guests into school to share their knowledge and enhance learning.