Promoting British Values
Woodchurch C.E. Primary School reinforces 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, and these values are reinforced regularly through collective worship and assemblies and in the following ways:
Democracy is rife within the school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our Pupil Council and Pupil questionnaires. The elections are based solely on pupil votes. Our school behaviour policy involves a code of conduct that was developed with the children and class rewards for the pupils selected by each year group.
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. They are ware that ‘choices lead to consequences’. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service help to reinforce this message.
Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and caring environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make choices safely. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advise how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and PSHE lessons. Whether it is through choice of challenge, of how they record, of participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.
Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy has revolved around core values including ‘Respect’. Pupils have been part of discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown. All school promote respect for one another and this is reiterated through our classroom and learning rules, as well as our Behaviour Policy.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
This is achieved through enhancing pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Learning activities and discussions focussing on respect and tolerance have taken place as part of RE and PSHE. The pupils and staff have made links with members of different faiths or religions; share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. One such example is our link with the Muslim community in Birkenhead. Work has involved the children meeting the children at The Woodlands Primary School who have given our children a guided tour of their Mosque and given an insight into their religion, beliefs and customs.