Statement of British Values
Promoting British Values at Crackley Bank Primary School
The Department for Education state that there is 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 and these values were reiterated by the Prime Minister in 2014. At Crackley Bank Primary School we take very seriously our responsibility to prepare children for life in modern Britain.
We ensure that the fundamental British Values are introduced, discussed and lived out through the ethos and work of the school. All curriculum areas provide a vehicle for furthering understanding of these concepts. Our cross curricular approach provides excellent opportunities to deepen and develop understanding developing the spiritual, moral, social and cultural education of our children.
The school makes considerable efforts to ensure children have exposure to a wide experience beyond their local community during which these concepts are shown, through for example; sporting events and a range of visits Their strong rooted valuesbased understanding gives them an excellent platform for embracing difference.
At Crackley Bank, we value the voice of the child and promote democratic processes such as our School and Eco council, whose members are voted for by the children. Ideas and events are planned and discussed with a chance for debate and putting forward points of view.
Children are given responsibility to lead other children in games and activities so that they are fully involved in all aspects of school life. For instance, our older children are play leaders and help to promote our core values. We expect all our children to be good role models for each other, which is encouraged through high expectations of behaviour.
Fundamental British Values
The children at Crackley Bank Primary see democracy borne out in a whole variety of ways and see this as being an essential component of successful team working
The establishment of a new School and Eco Council each year models the democratic process
Difference and Diversity lessons
Children are able to work cooperatively in pairs and groups as well as in whole class situations. They understand about turn taking and respecting the views of others.
Children in school show respect to others.
Rule of Law
The children at Crackley Bank Primary are familiar with this concept through the philosophy that infuses the entire work of the school. They are familiar with the concept through the discussion of values and, in RE lessons, the idea that different religions have guiding principles Children are used to debating and discussing laws/rules and their application. Children are familiar with the local Police who visit to talk to them informally.
Class Rules School Rules/Learning Behaviours School Values lessons on the role of law and parliament School Council meetings Collective Worship
Children are able to articulate how and why we need to behave in school and demonstrate they understand and can abide by these Children all know that they have a right but that with a right comes a responsibility They are able to discuss and debate philosophical issues in relation to these
Our Values based discussions and acts of worship begin with discussion about the self, e.g. self–respect and self-worth in relation to the individual value so that children see that they are important in their own right. The philosophy of our teaching and learning places emphasis on the right to have our own thoughts and evidence based views
Children are strongly encouraged to develop independence in learning and to think for themselves
Children are able to show independence in learning and to think for themselves
Children understand about the importance of accepting responsibility and of their right to be heard in school They are consulted on many aspects of school life and demonstrate independence of thought and action
Mutual Respect and the Tolerance of those with different Faiths and Beliefs
Respect is a fundamental school value, around which pivots much of the work of the school. We pay explicit attention to this as part of our RE, PHSE, and SMSC curriculum
Respect is a school value that is discussed deeply, starting with self-respect and covering respect for family, friends, and other groups; the world and its people; and the environment
Records of Collective Worship
RE curriculum RE planning and workbooks
Children can articulate that respect is a school value and why respect is important; how they show respect to others and how they feel about it for themselves
Children’s behaviour demonstrates their good understanding of this value in action
Children are able to talk about the different faiths and cultures they learn about, ask questions and show tolerance and respect for others of different faiths and religions