The Department of Education have 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, mutual respect and the tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.” The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values continue to be important to us. At Benington C of E School these values are modelled and consistently reinforced in the following ways;
- Pupils are able to offer their opinions with class ‘circle time’ discussions.
- The school council leads Collective Worship half-termly.
- School Councillors are voted by the pupils and play an active part in listening to their peers and acting on different initiatives.
- The children independently complete an annual pupil questionnaire.
- Teamwork is modelled by staff and constantly and consistently encouraged in the children. Initiatives such as ‘learning partners’ reinforce the importance of effective collaboration and valuing everybody’s contributions.
- Issues in democracy in the world beyond school are focused upon in an age appropriate manner and parallels are drawn with life in school. A recent example was the General Election.
The Rule of Law
We know that we have laws to govern and protect us. We know the responsibilities this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. In school our rules are very simple and centre upon the Christian Values of love, forgiveness, care, trust and respect.
Nevertheless, the importance of laws to govern the class, school or country are upheld as important and are reinforced daily in the general running of the school as well as behaviour management. The values and reasons behind the laws, as well as the way they govern and protect us, are made apparent.
A Home/School Agreement and E-Safety Policy are in place and visits from people in authority reinforce the need for rules eg PCSO’s, local councillors and school governors.
- We are encouraged to develop independence and make choices. We know, understand and can exercise our rights and personal freedoms.
- Within school children are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment.
- Making the right choices, being forgiven and enabled to try again when they make the wrong ones, underpins our behaviour management strategies.
- Pupils are encourages to know, understand and exercise their personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely.
- Whether it be through a choice of level, of who to play or work with, or what to have for lunch, of which extra-curricular clubs to participate in, the children are encouraged and given freedom to make choices and supported in living with it.
- Will all the above, It is out aim that out children will be able to evaluate the society in which they live and to make informed, independent choices of good citizens.
Benington School revolves around our core values – Trust, Care and Respect. Mutual respect is one of the core Christian values that underpins every aspect of life in our school, as well as our Behaviour Policy
All staff treat each other and the children in our care with respect and we endeavour to respect and value one another’s property and opinions – even and especially when it is different to our own.
Tolerance of those of different Faiths and Beliefs
- We learn about our place in a culturally diverse society. We take part in assemblies and discussions about prejudice-based bullying. Members of different faiths and religions are encouraged to share their knowledge.
- Although at school we have a lower than average number of minority groups represented, we fully appreciate the importance of enhancing pupils’ understanding of their place in culturally diverse society and giving them opportunities to experience that diversity.
- We recognise that all humanity was created by God and is loved by Him. We teach the children to love our fellow man and to be tolerant of those different to ourselves.
- Collective Worship, our Values education, RE and PSHE work emphasise tolerance and proactively and successfully educate against any form of prejudice-based bullying.
- Representatives of different faiths and religions visit our school and share their experience in open and respectful discussion which enhances both knowledge and understanding.
- Educational visits to our own and contrasting places of Worship are actively encouraged.
- RE curriculum is well resourced and contains appropriate materials to support the teaching of the six main faiths.