Promoting British Values at Stivichall 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, 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 in 2014. At Stivichall these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
We have a school council which meets every half term. to discuss issues raised within school. Every child on the school council is voted in by their class. The council make decisions about a range of things including which charities to raise money for and how to do this. Children are taught about the voting system in our country in PSHE lessons.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced at Stivichall.
Pupils are taught from an early age the rules of the school. These are our ‘Golden Rules’, Playground Rules and Safety Rules. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind rules and 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.
At Stivichall, 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. 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 lessons.
Children are able to make choices about joining extra-curricular clubs, what to present in class assemblies and the level of challenge in some lessons.
Mutual respect is at the heart of our values. Through assemblies, PSHE and day to day incidental opportunities, 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. One of our Golden Rules reads: I will be kind and caring to others.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
At Stivichall we promote diversity through our celebrations of different faiths and cultures. Religious Education lessons, assemblies and PSHE lessons reinforce messages of tolerance and respect for others. Members of different faiths and religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. The children visit places of worship that are important to different faiths and denominations.