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 by the Prime Minister this year. At Carfield Primary these values are reinforced regularly and our PSHCE Subject Leader Mrs. Shaw has received training on how to incorporate these values in to the curriculum and across the ethos of the school. We are committed to promoting these values in the following ways:
Democracy is highly valued within the school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our Pupil Council and Pupil questionnaires. Philosophy for Children promotes each child making a contribution and expressing their thoughts with the class paying respectful concentration. Our school behaviour policy is being reviewed currently by the School Council and we will be asking our children to vote on our main school rules.
We have Peer Mediators who are trained in conflict resolution and they have the responsibility to help children make the right choices and support our positive ethos.
At class level the teacher and children agree a Class Charter on roles and responsibilities to be observed throughout the year. This is reviewed each half term.
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. This is mainly through the Word of the Month but visitors are invited to school to 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 advise how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and PSHE lessons. Whether it be through choice of challenge, of how they record, of participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices. Each year the Y6 pupils attend Crucial Crew, an event organised by the Emergency Services to instruct children on how to stay safe as they make the transition to Secondary School.
Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy has revolved around Core Values such as ‘Respect’, These are called the Word of the Month. They are featured on a two year cycle and pupils have been part of discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown. Posters around the school promote respect for others and this is reiterated through our classroom and learning rules, as well as our behaviour policy.
Acceptance and tolerance 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 involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE and PSHE. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. Pupils visit the places of worship local to Sheffield as part of the Locally Agreed Syllabus for Education.
Carfield Primary is a diverse and interesting school community with a positive and caring ethos. The British values listed above are incorporated into the school’s ethos and opportunities to promote them is being planned into the new curriculum.
Below is the class version of how we behave as members of the Carfield School Family and within our British Society:
British value: Democracy:
- We listen to all views
- We debate arguments for and against
- We get involved
- We express our views peacefully
- We vote and respect the result of the majority
British value: Rule of Law:
- We make sure rules and expectations are clear
- We know the difference between right and wrong
- We know rules protect us
- We respect the rules
British value: Individual liberty:
- We are responsible for our own behaviour
- We challenge stereotypes and bias
- We are an anti-bullying school
- We promote self knowledge, self esteem and self confidence
- We model freedom of speech in a peaceful manner
British value: Respect and tolerance:
- We promote respect
- We have respect for our own and others’ cultures
- We discuss differences of faith, ethnicity, disability, gender and families