British Values – Statement Of Intent
The Department for Education state 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 government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy and these values were reiterated by the government in 2015. At Broomley First School these values are reinforced regularly. We keep an up to date audit of all such teaching and learning opportunities.
Democracy is embedded at the school. Pupils are always listened to by adults and are taught to listen carefully and with concern to each other, respecting the right of every individual to have their opinions and voices heard. Pupils also have the opportunity to air their opinions and ideas through our School Council and regular questionnaires. The elections of the School Council members, School Librarians and House Captains are based solely on staff and pupil votes, reflecting our British electoral system and demonstrating democracy in action. The council has its own budget and is able to genuinely effect change within the school. We work with the local councillor Anne Dale to host regular Democracy days.
The Rule of Law
The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. 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. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service help reinforce this message.
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 provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our Online Safety and PSHE/RSE lessons. Whether it be through choice of learning challenge, of how they record, of participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.
Mutual respect is at the heart of our values. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
Broomley First School is situated in an area which is not culturally diverse, therefore we place a great emphasis on promoting diversity with the children. Through careful inclusion of cultural capital emphasis, we ensure our curriculum is inclusive and diverse, celebrating the lives of all members of our communities. Assemblies are regularly planned to address this issue either directly or through the inclusion of stories and celebrations from a variety of faiths and cultures. Our RE and PSHE teaching reinforces this in weekly lessons but also in greater depth in our annual Inter-Faith Week. This provides opportunities for the children to visit places of worship that are important to different faiths. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school.
At Broomley First School we will actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views.