The Department of Education have reinforced a 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 Weston Rhyn Primary School the fundamental British values of “democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs” are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Democracy: Our children are actively encouraged to have a strong voice and share their views and opinions regularly, in lessons, assemblies and in Student Voice meetings. Secret Ballots are held every Monday in assembly (TIGER Learning nominations and votes). Our children also take the lead in: Break Buddies at break and lunchtime, pupil librarians, as well as involvement in Rotary Club and deciding what charities we support. The children also complete an annual questionnaire giving their views on the school and their views are responded to and acted on. Governors and school leaders also talk regularly to children, in order to ensure that school self-evaluation is robust and accurate, and therefore moving the school forward
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 the school day, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. Behaviour (Learning Behaviour) is a central focus of every ‘Monday’ assembly. Children 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. Our schools rules, rewards and sanctions are clear and understood by all, as an example of this . Regular visits from authorities such as the Police or the Fire Service help reinforce this message.
Individual Liberty: Within school, children are actively encouraged to make decisions and choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young children to take risks and make choices safely. Children 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, how they record their learning, participation in one of our extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, children are given the freedom to make choices and make decisions.
Mutual Respect: Mutual respect is at the heart of all that we do. Adults model the behaviour they expect from all children. 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: We are increasingly a culturally diverse community in school and we place a great emphasis on promoting diversity with the children. Assemblies and visitors address this either directly or through the inclusion of stories and celebrations from a variety of faiths and cultures. Our RE and PSHE teaching reinforces this, with children exploring major world faiths. Members of all faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school.
At Weston Rhyn Primary School we will actively challenge children, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including those expressing ‘extremist’ views, and treat them seriously, in line with Child Protection procedures. Staff and governors have received training and relevant teaching taken from www.preventforschools.com are included in each Key Stage’s PSHE curriculum also. In addition, information on our approach to this have been shared with parents, and are noted on our website under Safeguarding.