Promoting British Values at Grafton Primary School
The DfE have 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.”
The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values have been reiterated this year (2014). At Grafton Primary School these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Democracy is an important value at our school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our school council and change ambassadors. The elections of members of the school council and change ambassadors are based on pupil votes. Pupils apply for positions of responsibility, give speeches and attend interview.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws and rules, whether they are those that govern the class, the school or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days. Pupils are taught from an early age the rules of the school. The Code of Conduct is displayed throughout the school. Our behaviour system is aligned to an agreed set of procedures. Children are actively encouraged to reflect and manage their own learning and behaviour. Children are recognised if they continuously display the expected behaviours and receive certificates to celebrate this. They are also rewarded with a Silver or Gold card if they exceed expectations of learning or behaviour. 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.
At Grafton Primary 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 informed choices, through a safe environment and an 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 eSafety and PSHE lessons. The rights of the child, as highlighted in the Unicef Convention on the Rights of the Child, are displayed around the school and each week an article from the Convention is displayed in each class/ office area and is discussed with the children.
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. Adults strive to model respect in all they do.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
Grafton Primary School is situated in an area which has become more culturally diverse and we place a great emphasis on promoting diversity within the school community. Assemblies are regularly planned to include stories and celebrations from a variety of faiths. Religious Education lessons and PSHE lessons reinforce messages of tolerance and respect for others. The children visit places of worship that are important to different faiths. Visitors from other faiths and cultures enrich the curriculum but cultural diversity is embedded in the work of the school.