Promoting Fundamental British Values
In accordance with The Department for Education we aim to actively promote British values in schools to ensure young people leave school prepared for life in modern Britain. Pupils are encouraged to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance and understand that while different people may hold different views about what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, all people living in England are subject to its law.
Schools, through their curriculum, are legally bound to actively promote fundamental British values.
The Key Values are:
||respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic process
|the rule of law
||respect for the basis on which the law is made and applies in England
||support for equality for opportunity for all
||support and respect for the liberties of all within the law
|mutual respect and tolerance of those with difference faiths and beliefs
||respect for the tolerance of different faiths, religious and other beliefs
How Marks Gate Infant School actively promotes British values:
- We focus on and show, through promoting the core values of the school, how the school’s work is effective in promoting and securing British values.
- We challenge pupils, staff or parents who express opinions contrary to the core values of the school.
Democracy – what do we do?
- We provide pupils with a broad general knowledge of, and promote respect for, English law, public institutions and services through our PHSE curriculum.
- Through the work of the School Council we empower pupils to become involved in decision making processes and ensure they are listened to in school. School Councillors are elected solely on pupil votes and this teaches pupils how they can influence decision-making through a democratic process.
- We involve children in the democratic process through our Votes for Schools lessons. Each week the children debate a topical issue (recent issues have been Brexit, Banksy Art stunt, Sharenting) and then vote whether they agree with the statement or not. The results of the vote are shared and discussed.
- We model how perceived injustice can be peacefully challenged through our Pupil Welfare and Behaviour Support policy.
- We celebrate special events that celebrate British institutions and law. For example, we held an assembly commemorating Remembrance day and also had a Vote 100 day during which pupils learnt about a significant woman in History and participated in a march around the local area.
Rule of law – what do we do?
- We provide pupils with a broad general knowledge of, and promote respect for, English law through our PHSE curriculum and link this to their every day lives through the consistent reinforcement of our own school rules, values and expectations.
- Ensure school rules and expectations are fair and are consistently explained and reinforced to all pupils so that they understand the basis on which the rules are made.
- We celebrate children’s success at upholding our school rules with the ‘going for gold’ programme in which children can collect privilege cards that they can exchange for a prize.
- Help pupils to understand that rules and laws provide safety, stability and security and protect individuals and groups within our society.
Individual liberty – what do we do?
- Support pupils to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence.
- Encourage pupils to take responsibility for their behaviour, as well as knowing their rights.
- Model freedom of speech through pupil participation, while ensuring protection of vulnerable pupils.
- Challenge stereotypes.
- Implement a strong anti-bullying culture. Every day we participate in Anti- Bullying week. This year the theme was Choose Respect and the children were involved in a range of lessons and assemblies unpicking the meaning of respect and how this translates into our daily school life. They also wore odd socks to school to acknowledge our belief that ‘it’s okay to be different.’
- Implement a strong anti-bullying culture.
Respect and tolerance – what do we do?
- We celebrate our achievements, differences and cultural diversity through all school forums including in assemblies.
- As part of our RE curriculum we organise visits to places of worship and visits to our school by local faith and community leaders.
- There are opportunities for discussions on prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE and PSHE. This includes helping pupils to value and respect their own and other’s cultures and ways of life through developing their understanding of our multicultural community.
- We support pupil’s understanding of the differences between people, such as differences of faith, ethnicity, disability, gender or sexuality and different family situations.
- We encourage our pupil’s to challenge prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour.
- Each year we hold a ‘Countries and Culture week’ across the federation. Each class study a country of their choosing and learn about the history, art, food, music and people of that country. We dress in flag colours and hols assemblies to show our new learning to the parents.