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