How we Promote British Values
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. At Spellbrook these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Democracy is highly valued within the school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council and Global Action Team. We make sure that all of our year 6 children are given the opportunity to take on a leadership role in some capacity during their last year at Spellbrook. For some of the roles the children have to write and deliver a speech to the rest of the school to say why they should be selected; for other roles we match the children’s needs/interests to the role. The elections of Headboy, Headgirl and Prefects are based mainly on pupil votes. In our weekly Achievement assembly the children in the school help to choose the Headboy and Headgirl’s “Star of the week” by writing a suggestion and putting it in the suggestion box. At the end of the academic year the children in Diamond Class (Year 5 & 6) vote for the pupil they would like to receive the Diamond Class Award at our Leavers’ Service held at Great St Mary's Church for effort and good behaviour.
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. This is reinforced when writing our school behaviour code 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 & fire service etc. are included regularly throughout the year and help reinforce this message. Our Y6 children attend Crucial Crew every year which gives them the opportunity to develop an understanding of how to live safely and within the boundaries of the law of the country through a workshop approach led by a range of professional services.
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 our pupils to make choices sensibly, through the provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely, for example through e-Safety awareness and PSHE lessons. Pupils are constantly being given the freedom to make choices throughout the school day – for example through choice of challenge of how they record their work; what they would like for their lunch or which after school club they attend etc.
Through our clear expectations laid down in the school behaviour policy and behaviour code, as well as hearing bible stories that focus on this, pupils develop an understanding of the importance of treating others as they would wish to be treated.
Respect of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:
This is achieved through enhancing pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity.
Assemblies and discussions concerning prejudices and prejudice-based judgements are supported by learning in RE and PSHE. Pupils are given the opportunity as part of the R.E. curriculum to visit different places of worship. Members of different faiths or religions are invited into school to share their knowledge and beliefs first-hand which will enhance learning for our pupils.
As part of our teaching of PSHE in school, each half-term the children take part in a Heroes session. This is a whole school initiative led by year 6 representatives. Children are given the opportunity to discuss different issues within their peer group.