Teaching British Values
Promoting British Values at Badger Hill Primary School
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, and these values were reiterated in 2014.
At Badger Hill Primary School we value the diverse ethnic backgrounds of all our pupils and their families and undertake a variety of events and lessons to celebrate these. We have found this approach to be enriching for all parties as it teaches tolerance and respect for the differences in our community and the wider world.
At Badger Hill these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Democracy is embedded within the school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council which meets each half term. Each child on the School Council is voted in by their own class. They have their own budget, which is generated by fundraising events organised by the council, and this is used to buy equipment or resources requested by the children.
Children complete questionnaires which allow them to put forward their views about the school.
The Rule of the 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 collective worship. 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, Fire Service etc. are regular parts of our calendar and 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 safety, through provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely; for example through our E-Safety and PSHCE lessons. Pupils are given the freedom to make choices, whether it be through choice of challenge, of how they record or of participation in our extra-curricular clubs and opportunities
Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy revolves around core values such as ‘Respect’, and pupils have been part of discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown. All members of the school community treat each other with respect. Our House system promotes mutual respect and a team approach to ensuring our school is the very best it can be.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:
Badger Hill is a diverse school and we actively promote diversity through our celebrations of different faiths and cultures. This is achieved through enhancing pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE and PSHE. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school.
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