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British Values

How we Promote British Values

 

The Department for Education requires all schools to promote the fundamental British values of:

 

Democracy

Rule of Law

Individual Liberty

Mutual Respect

Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs

 

At Broomgrove Infant School we ensure that through our school vision, values, rules, curriculum and teaching we promote tolerance and respect for all cultures, faiths and lifestyles. We value the backgrounds of all pupils and families and undertake a variety of events and lessons to celebrate and explore these alongside other cultures in our country.

 

Democracy

We have a school council which meets every Wednesday.  Prospective candidates complete a manifesto which they present to their class. Each class votes for their own representatives.

Our Governing Body is comprised of elected representatives from the staff, parents, local authority and the community; they meet termly with the Headteacher.

We invite parents and carers for their views throughout the academic year; the Headteacher is available at the start and end of the school day. The school has an open door policy. Questionnaires are distributed to parents and carers at our Autumn Parents’ Evening and pupils are asked to complete an annual questionnaire.  A summary of the findings and resulting actions are publicised in school.

 

Rule of Law

Before starting school, children, parents and the Headteacher commit to our Home School Agreement.  We have 4 simple School Rules:

  1. Treat everything and everybody with respect
  2. Show good manners at all times
  3. Do as you are asked straight away
  4. Keep your school happy

The School Rules are reviewed with the children at the start of each academic year and children may agree on some additional class rules with their teacher.  Lunchtime Supervisors promote the rules at playtime and support children’s play by using the Wheel of Choice. 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. Annual visits from the local fire service and our Police Community Support Officer reinforce the need for laws and how they protect the community.

 

Individual Liberty

We teach children about their personal rights and freedoms and how to be safe through our assemblies, PSHE curriculum and E-Safety lessons. Being safe underpins our school behaviour policy and forms part of our Best Giving Inquisitive Safe motto.

 

Mutual Respect

Pupils learn about specific British celebrations, events and commemorations through history topics in the National Curriculum and assemblies.   Pupils learn how important events in history have shaped our lives and what has made Britain and the world what it is today. Pupils are taught about difference and diversity and the need to treat each other with mutual respect.  Respect is our first school rule

 

Tolerance of those of different Faiths & Beliefs

Our RE curriculum, PSHE lessons, assemblies and collective worship reinforce messages of tolerance and respect for others.  Key celebrations in different faiths are learned about and stories are shared. Pupils are also taught to recognise the similarities and differences between religions.

 

February 2015