Great British Values at Beaupre Community Primary School
The Department for Education states 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 Department for Education defines British Values as follows:
- Respect for democracy and support or participation in the democratic process
- Respect for the basis on which the law is made and applies in England
- Support for equality of opportunity for all
- Support and respect for the liberties of all within the law
- Respect for and tolerance of different faiths and religious and other beliefs
At Beaupre Community Primary School we ensure that through our vision, values, rules, curriculum and teaching we promote tolerance and respect for all cultures, faiths and lifestyles. We have a duty to prepare our children for life in modern Britain and to keep them safe.
Democracy – What do we do?
- Class voting for the election of school councillors at the start of the year.
- House group assemblies/School Council/Eco reps - All children are encouraged to debate topics of interest, express their views and make a meaningful contribution to the running of the school on matters that directly involve pupils, such as celebrations, fundraising and parking issues.
- Children also have the opportunity to have their voices heard through pupil questionnaires and pupil surveys.
- The principle of democracy is explored in the curriculum as well as during assemblies and special days.
- Provide pupils with a broad general knowledge of, and promote respect for, public institutions and services.
- Teach pupils how they can influence decision-making through the democratic process; taught through assemblies and our school curriculum
- Teach a dedicated topic on the civil rights movement (protests and politics) in Year 6.
- Encourage pupils to become involved in decision-making processes and ensure they are listened to in school.
- Help pupils to express their views.
- Model how perceived injustice can be peacefully challenged.
Rule of Law – What do we do?
- Ensure school rules and expectations are clear and fair.
- Class rules and celebration of adhering to these rules; Children are involved in this decision-making.
- Help pupils to distinguish right from wrong.
- Help pupils to respect the law and the basis on which it is made; This is also taught within our topics within the Curriculum, such as The Romans and Stone Age.
- Help pupils to understand that living under the rule of law protects individuals.
- Explore within our Personal Development Lessons laws and what to do if peer pressure is trying to persuade children to break these.
- Promote the Rights Respecting School Articles (on policies, around school, in assemblies etc).
- Refer to the Equality Act 2010 as part of our No Outsiders Assemblies.
Individual Liberty – What do we do?
- Support pupils to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem, self-confidence.
- Encourage pupils to take responsibility for their behaviour, as well as knowing their rights;
- Model freedom of speech through pupil participation, while ensuring protection of vulnerable pupils and promoting critical analysis of evidence.
- Challenge stereotypes.
- Implement a strong anti-bullying culture.
- Celebrating Anti – Bullying week. Everyone in the school is invited to wear odd socks and to celebrate differences. A whole day is spent immersing ourselves in creative learning opportunities around bullying.
- E-Safety units of work are taught throughout school and parents and staff receive training on these.
- Celebrating Safer Internet Day within school, where each class has creative learning opportunities to gain a better understanding of staying safe online.
- Pupils have key roles and responsibilities in school e.g. Year 6 Library Assistants, Year 6 restorative Leaders, school council representatives in each class, Parking reps.
Mutual Respect and Tolerance of Different Cultures and Religions– What do we do?
- Use the No Outsiders scheme within our Personal Development lessons and through assemblies to explore the protected characteristics of the 2010 Equality Act to promote respect for individual differences and to actively challenge stereotypes.
- Use No Outsiders assemblies to explore critical news events (e.g. terrorist attacks, Black Lives Matter etc).
- Explore positive role models (where possible) through our topics who reflect the protected characteristics of the 2010 Equality Act.
- Challenge prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour.
- Our RE scheme ensures that our children have a good understanding of a range of religious beliefs and customs.
- Celebrating RE day as a whole school, where each class participate in exciting learning opportunities about different faiths and beliefs.
- Help pupils to acquire an understanding of, and respect for, their own and other cultures and ways of life.
- We offer a culturally rich and diverse curriculum in which all major religions are studied and respected, and global dimension work embedded in many of our humanities topics and language lessons (French). These curriculum topics offer children the chance to reflect on our core values and British values.