British Values at Lowerplace
The DfE have 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.’
At Lowerplace, we actively promote democracy by:
• Understanding and respecting the democratic process followed in Britain
• Teaching pupils how they can influence decision- making through the democratic process
• Promoting pupil voice in the decision making process and help pupils to express their views
• Supporting children to debate and defend a point of view
• Understanding the value of team-work.
We actively promote the rule of law by:
• Helping pupils to distinguish between right and wrong and to support children in taking responsibility for their actions.
• Ensuring the school rules are fair and expectations are consistent
• Providing pupils with a broad general knowledge of, and promote respect for, public institutions and services.
• Helping pupils to understand that living with rules and laws helps to keep us safe and protects us.
• Teaching pupils aspects of civil and criminal law and discuss, at an appropriate level, how this may vary in Religious law.
We actively promote individual liberty by:
• Supporting pupils to develop their self-esteem, self knowledge and self confidence
• Educating the children about their own rights and responsibilities
• Ensure the children understand their rights and responsibilities
• Encouraging pupils to take responsibility of their own behaviour
• Modelling freedom of speech through pupil participation, ensuring the protection of vulnerable pupils Mutual respect
We actively promote mutual respect by:
• Supporting children in working cooperatively with one another and respect one another’s opinions and views.
• Helping pupils to acquire an understanding of, and respect for, their own and other cultures and ways of life
• Encouraging pupils to show initiative and to understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those in the local community and to society more widely.
We actively promote tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs by:
• Teaching pupils to challenge prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour
• Promoting respect, understanding, acceptance and celebration of individual differences and a diverse society.
• Developing critical personal thinking skills
• Challenging stereotypes
British Values are developed across the curriculum in all classes and through a variety of whole school and in-class activities. These include promoting:
Positive relationships with adults in school and in the wider community (e.g. PCSO’s)
Pupil voice contributing to decisions in the form of school council
Whole school assemblies
Display in classrooms, identifying how children have demonstrated their understanding of British values
Participation in community events
Frequently Asked Questions
Will my child still be able to express his/her faith at school?
Absolutely. One of the fundamental values is respect and tolerance of people with different faiths, and we teach our children that British law protects their freedom to hold their own beliefs. Any prejudice or discrimination towards pupils on the basis of their faith goes against the fundamental British values and will not be tolerated by the school.
Will there be major changes to the school’s ethos?
Our school’s ethos already includes many aspects of the government’s fundamental British values. For example, we expect our children to follow the school rules and show kindness to one another. Promoting fundamental British values will reinforce, not change, our current ethos.