Promoting British Values
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. At Coton Green Primary School, these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Coton Green Primary School is a UNICEF Rights Respecting school. Each year the children decide upon their class charter and the rights associated with these. All the children contribute to the drawing up of the charter. The children have also produced a playground ‘Code of Conduct’ which include rights and also pupil’s responsibilities to uphold these rights.
Children have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. We have a school council which meets regularly to discuss issues pertinent to the children. The council has its own budget and is able to genuinely effect change within the school. All council members from each phase are voted in by their House Team.
Children have an annual questionnaire with which they are able to put forward their views about the school.
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. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service help 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 advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and PSHE lessons. Whether it be through choice of learning challenge, of how they record, of participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.
As a Rights Respecting School, mutual respect is at the heart of our values. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs.
Coton Green Primary School is situated in an area which is not greatly diverse, therefore we place a great emphasis on promoting diversity with the children.
Assemblies are regularly delivered to mark celebrations from different cultures and faiths as well as directly learning about the practises, customs and important stories. Our RE, PSHE and RRSA teaching reinforce this. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. Children visit places of worship that are important to different faiths. We also actively seek links with other schools with a culturally diverse intake so as to widen our children’s experiences.
We also help the children to embrace events from the past and recognise how they continue to shape our lives today, particularly through our work during Black History Month.
At Coton Green Primary School we will actively challenge pupils, staff and parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British values including extremist views.