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British Values

Introduction

The Department for Education states that there is a 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 definition of British values is set out in the Government’s 2011 Prevent Strategy and additional advice was published in November, 2014. At Panshanger Primary School, these values are reflected in the school ethos and aims, specifically –

  • to create a happy, caring and stimulating learning environment in which children can enjoy, achieve and thrive;
  • to realise each child’s full potential by providing a wide range of learning opportunities for academic, social, emotional, moral, spiritual, cultural, and physical development;
  • to raise self-esteem and confidence by helping each child to gain a sense of achievement and to take a pride in that achievement;
  • to develop self-discipline and mutual respect for all members of the school and the wider community and encourage a caring, thoughtful attitude towards others;
  • to foster a sense of responsibility for the environment and develop skills that the children will need in order be active citizens able to take their place in the wider world.

Democracy

Democracy is embedded in the school’s practice and children have direct experience of involvement in the democratic process through:

  • School Council
  • Class Council
  • Eco Council
  • Sports Council
  • Nominating and voting for ‘Learnosaurs’
  • Development of Golden Rules
  • Taking responsibility for own actions
  • Class debates and discussions
  • Pupil voice
  • Questionnaires

The children also learn about democracy through their studies of the Ancient Greeks in History lessons and work in PSHE.

The Rule of Law

Children learn about right and wrong from the time they join the school and develop an understanding of the rule of law through their work in various areas including:

  • History
  • Religious Education
  • The school Golden Rules
  • Class rules
  • Health and Safety Rules
  • Reasons for rules and consequences when they are broken

 

Individual Liberty

Children are helped to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence. They learn that they are responsible for their own choices and that choices have consequences which may be positive or negative. Ideas about individual liberty, personal freedom, rights and responsibilities are explored through

  • PSHE
  • Circle time
  • Assemblies
  • History
  • Current affairs

Mutual Respect and Tolerance of those with Different faiths and beliefs

Respect and tolerance are core values of our school and are reflected in the conduct and interactions between all members of the school community. Issues around respect and tolerance are addressed through:

  • RE
  • PSHE
  • Assemblies
  • Buddy groups
  • Languages celebrations
  • Geography
  • Integrated project weeks