British Values Statement
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. The DfE has recently reinforced the need 'to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values.
- The Rule of Law
- Individual Liberty
- Mutual Respect
- Tolerance of Those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
At Feniscowles Primary School we are committed to serving our community and local area. In so doing we reinforce British values regularly and in the following ways:
Democratic values are an explicit part of the ethos at Feniscowles. All adults listen to the views of the pupils and value their opinions. Pupils have further opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council, Eco Warriors, House Captains and Pupil questionnaires. Our PSHE also helps to promote this area. The elections of School Council and Eco Warriors are the result of pupil votes and this group canvases the opinions of their peers. Comparisons about democracy are taught through our history topics for example, Ancient Egypt, Mayans, the Romans and World War II. Each year the children in each class decide upon class rules and responsibilities to follow through school. At Feniscowles we are aware of others who may not have as much as us and therefore we encourage children to come up with worthwhile charities that we can support.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws and rules are consistently reinforced in the classroom, as well as through school assemblies. Pupils are taught to understand the need for laws - which are there for individual protection, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Pupils follow a positive behaviour policy and clearly understand the rewards and sanctions that are used. Assemblies and discussions in class focus on recognising right from wrong and visits from the Police, Fire Service and other local community representatives help to reinforce these messages. We have a Road Safety programme in Year 1 and in Year 5 children are given the opportunity to be taught safer cycling so they understand the rules of the road.
Pupils are encouraged to be independent learners, constantly making choices, within a safe and supportive environment. Developing their self- esteem and self-confidence is very important. Pupils are encouraged to understand their personal freedoms and are taught how to use these rights to best effect. All pupils are keen to support charities, whether local, national or global. In particular they are taught consideration for others through our Religious Education curriculum and PSHE lessons. Circle time gives children a chance to discuss issues as they arise and to reinforce the values of school. E-safety teaching enables them to make choices in a safe manner as do programmes such as PRIDE and Streetwise. Year 6 are able to go on a residential trip. This experience is massively beneficial in developing their independent skills needed for life.
Respect is one of our core values and key to our school rules. The pupils know and understand that it is expected and it is imperative that respect is shown to everyone, whatever differences we may have and to everything, however big or small. Assemblies constantly promote respect for others and the importance of good manners. All pupils are taught the importance of self-respect, honest and open communication with others and fair play. Pupils work collaboratively and value others’ opinions. Our curriculum topics help to promote this for example World War 1 and 11 and the taking part in Remembrance services. The choir takes its skills into the local community, for example to the local sheltered accommodation, health centre, and supermarket.
All our children are members of a house and they can earn team points to help their team win a weekly and overall trophy. They also support their houses at the annual Sports Day, where children work together.
In class children have talking partners and they take part in peer reviews of each other’s work. Children when capable, identify what each other have done well and what their next steps might be.
Each week, teachers select a star of the week for the Achievement Certificate. These are celebrated in a weekly assembly and children take a certificate home. Teachers also twice a term identify a child who has worked well towards our focussed thinking skill and a postcard is sent home. A child is also identified for a certificate in our special thinking assembly.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
Through our curriculum and whole school areas such as Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural, PSHE, History, Geography and RE pupils are reminded of their place in our culturally diverse society. Assemblies and class work promote the diversity of society and the right for each person to be respected and valued equally regardless of ability, gender, faith, heritage or race. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within assemblies and in class. Visits to a Mosque, Hindu temple and a Church give children hands on experience to help them understand about our multi-cultural society. Through music and dance children are exposed to a variety of cultures. Whole school themed weeks also help children to explore different cultures and beliefs.
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