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Promoting British Values at the Northdown Primary School (2017-2018)

Teaching British Values Statement 

Next Review: December 2018

Linked to: SMSC Policy

 

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.”

The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these five values have been reiterated this year (2014). At the Northdown Primary School these values are reinforced regularly and in the following

ways:

1. Democracy

Each class in Years 1-6 democratically elect a School Councillor and an Eco-monitor each year. Children who wish to stand for election are encouraged to present why they feel they would be a good candidate, and those elected are expected to hold this responsibility for the school year. Eco-monitors meet twice termly to promote

care of the school environment, and the School Council meet regularly to effect real changes in our school. For example, in the past the School Council has set up a buddy system and worked with community organisations and Thanet District Council to bring changes in the wider community. School Councillors are encouraged to feedback to their classes and listen to and gather ideas from their classes. Children also see democracy borne out in everyday school life and children are encouraged to vote on matters that are important to them. How democracy is influenced and shaped is explored through Assemblies and PSHE lessons, often using historical figures such as Nelson Mandela and Rosa Parks.

 

In the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Democracy is taught through the Prime Area of PSED (self-confidence and awareness), and children are supported with turn-taking, sharing and collaboration. Children are taught to recognise that their views and opinions count, and that everyone’s views should be valued. When appropriate, democracy is demonstrated through voting for an activity or choice of story through a show of hands.

 

2.0 The Rule of Law

The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country is consistently reinforced at the Northdown Primary School and consequently our children possess a strong sense of equality and belief in

what is right and wrong.

 

We have a rigorous behaviour policy that is displayed in each class and understood by all staff and children. Pupils are taught the ‘rules’ of the school. They are taught the value and reasons behind rules and laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when rules (and laws) are broken.

 

Early Help Notifications are completed with the students and their families in order to offer external agency support for those students who display challenging behaviour in both the community and in school.

There is a programme to support e-safety in school and one of our SLT is a trainer for ???? and is CEOP trained.

We have strong links with our Police Community Support Officer who works with children on aspects such as online-safety. 

 

All classes have a set of co-constructed rules, and all children are expected to adhere to these rules. Children are involved in constructing rules where possible, such as the establishment of playground rules. The importance of laws that govern the school and the country is consistently reinforced, and children are taught the

values and reasons behind rules and laws; rules and laws govern and protect us and there are consequences when rules are not adhered to. Our school has strong links with the PCSO, who works with children to promote e-Safety, and also the Fire Safety Officer, who teaches children rules to keep safe around fire. 

 

Our PSHE curriculum and assemblies teach the importance and application of rules, and the RE curriculum teaches that different religions have different guiding principles.

 

In EYFS Rule of Law is taught through PSED (Managing feelings and behaviour), and staff ensure that children understand that their own, and others’ behaviour, has consequences. We work with the children to create rules and codes of behaviour for different areas of the school, and ensure that children understand that rules apply to everyone.

 

3.0 Individual Liberty

At Northdown Primary School we educate and provide boundaries from where pupils can make informed choices, through a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely and respectfully, for example through our assemblies.

 

Stereotypes are regularly challenged and we are working hard to raise the aspirations of all of our children with regular discussions about potential career possibilities. Boys and girls have equally high aspirations for their future prospects.

 

Children are encouraged to make choices regularly throughout the school day, whether it be which task to complete or what to eat in the dining room. The PSHE curriculum and assembly provision promotes self-respect and self-worth, so that children see that they are important in their own right. Children are consulted on many aspects of school life and are strongly encouraged to become independent thinkers. Teachers encourage children to recognise the right to have their own views and thoughts, which may be different from their counterparts.

 

In EYFS, children are encouraged to develop a positive sense of themselves and confidence in their abilities through PSED (Self-confidence and awareness) and

through our everyday practice. They are encouraged to recognise that we all are entitled to different opinions, which should be valued and respected.

 

4.0 Mutual Respect

Mutual respect is at the heart of our values. Staff and students treat each other with the utmost respect. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community are required to treat each other with respect and this is a high profile message that is communicated to children.

Anti-bullying has a high profile within the school with it being addressed through assemblies, anti-bullying week and Place2talk.

 

The school was one of only four schools who took part in an Art Inspiring Change Project run by The Turner Gallery. This project included our children working with Thanet District Council and the community to create a community project at our nearby allotments. 

Children are taught to respect themselves and others through our curriculum and through everyday expectations. They are taught that we are all special and deserving of respect. Children have made suggestions for fundraising events and these have been acted upon, such as raising money for NSPCC, earthquake victims and regular fundraising for Children in Need, MacMillan Cancer and Comic Relief

encourages mutual respect of others.

 

In EYFS, children are taught to respect themselves and those from other cultures through Understanding of the World (People and communities) and PSED (Managing feelings and behaviour). They are taught about similarities and differences through talking about practices, celebrations and experiences. Tolerance is encouraged through sharing and respecting other’s opinions. Stories are chosen which reflect the diversity of our world, such as Handa’s Surprise and The Magic Paintbrush.

 

5.0 Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs

Assemblies and tutorial activities actively challenge stereotypes and reinforce messages of tolerance and respect for others no matter their ethnicity, beliefs, gender or disability. We have a strict behaviour policy which excludes students for racist or homophobic bullying. We exclude also for verbal abuse to staff and fellow students. 

We actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to the values we hold as a school and those that underpin the fabric of a democratic Britain. We take seriously our responsibilities as set out within the Government’s Prevent Strategy designed to tackle ‘extremist’ views and prevent children being radicalised (2011).

We promote diversity through our celebrations of different faiths and cultures, and major religious festivals are acknowledged through the RE and PSHE curriculum, and also assemblies. Religious Education and PSHE lessons and assemblies challenge stereotypes and reinforce message of tolerance and respect. We follow the Kent Agreed Syllabus for RE, which ensures children learn about world faiths and religions. One of our values is Diversity and we are fortunate that the demographic of our school is made up of 29 different languages and we celebrate festivals and events led by the children.  

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