Promoting Fundamental British Values
In accordance with The Department for Education we aim to actively promote British values in our school to ensure our young people leave school prepared for life in modern Britain. Embedded throughout our curriculum, and within our core Christian values, pupils are encouraged, through our core Christian values, to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance and understand that while different people may hold different views about what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, all people living in England are subject to its law.
The Key British Values are:
· Rule of law
· Individual liberty
· Mutual respect
· Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
Our British Values Statement
Swimbridge Church of England Primary School promotes and upholds the British Values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance within our curriculum and through the Christian Values of our school.
An understanding of democracy is developed through our School Council. Following a vote, each class elects a representative. School Council meets once a half term to bring to the table any issues or ideas from their class. In addition, they are consulted about their ideas for school improvement, as well as taking part in the interview process for new teaching staff.
An understanding of the rule of law is developed through class discussions around the rights and responsibilities of the pupils. This informs relationships and behaviour in school. At the beginning of each year every class reviews the school and playground rules – they then negotiate their class rules for the year and discuss sanctions for breaking these rules.
An understanding of civil liberty (freedom of speech, freedom of movement, freedom of assembly, freedom of association and freedom of religious worship) is developed through pupil voice, pupil choice and pupil influence in all aspects of school life.
An understanding of respect and tolerance is developed through our school ethos, values and curriculum – especially Relationships, PSHE and RE. Respect is one of our core values and is examined in depth through class and whole school assemblies and worship.
These values are also developed through our extensive Collective Worship programme, Religious Education and throughout the curriculum.