Promoting British Values at Elton Primary School
The DfE has 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.”
Elton Primary School’s ‘RESPECT’ Values demonstrate how the British Values underpin the life of the school:
Advice from the DfE is to promote British Values through Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development (SMSC) although Ofsted will assess it through the curriculum too. Here is a flavour of how the Elton Primary School develops and promotes these fundamental values:
Pupil voice is taken seriously at Elton Primary School, with children being asked their opinions and suggestions about school matters. Regular meetings of the democratically-selected School Council from all year groups ensure that pupils are able to make valuable contributions to the development of the School.
The Rule of Law:
Throughout Elton Primary School, pupils develop their understanding of what is right and what is wrong. Each year, they are reminded of what they can expect of/from the School and what the School expects of them in order to maximise their learning. Through their daily School life and explicitly in PHSE lessons, they develop their understanding of actions, responsibilities and consequences. Visits from/to authorities such as the Police and Fire Service are parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message.
(Linked document Positive Behaviour Policy)
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. Learning about a wide range of different religions in RE and PSHE offer these opportunities and also support in discussions around the issue of prejudice. At Elton Primary School, we celebrate different faiths and beliefs and welcome members of our school community (pupils, parents/carers and members of the community) to share experiences of their faiths and beliefs including important celebrations.
It is an abiding expectation that all members of the School’s community demonstrate a respectful attitude at all times. EYFS children begin to develop their understanding of others through the planned learning opportunities within the ‘prime’ areas of ‘Understanding the World’ and ‘Personal, Social and Emotional Development’. Discussions, assemblies, team games in PE and PSHE lessons across the School help to reinforce this message. Bullying is not tolerated and pupils are taught about the different types of bullying, why they might occur and discuss possible strategies for dealing with incidents should they witness any. (Linked documents: Positive Behaviour Policy Anti-bullying Policy)
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 safely through the provision of 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 through:
At Elton Primary School we share and discuss School Values and British Values in our assemblies.