British Values Statement
The DfE have recently reinforced the need “to 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.”
At Spittal first School these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Democracy is embedded throughout our school curriculum and in day to day practise. Pupils are always listened to by adults and are taught to listen carefully and with concern to each other, respecting the right of every individual to have their ideas and voices heard. Pupils also have the opportunity to voice their opinions through our School Council and pupil questionnaires. The elections of school council members are based solely on pupil votes, reflecting our British electoral system and demonstrating democracy in action. A wide range of opportunities are provided to demonstrate democracy in action.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws whether they are those that govern the class, the school, or the country are consistently reinforced. Each class also discusses right from wrong, they are taught the values and reasons behind laws and the consequences when they are broken. The children decide school and class rules at the start of each year. Our ‘Good To Be Green’ behaviour system reinforces these rules.
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 our pupils to make choices safely and through the provision of a safe environment and an empowering education. Our pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely.
Respect is a core value and part of our school motto. Respect is one of the values which is taught within lessons and assemblies enabling pupils to contribute positively to the lives of those living and working within the locality of our school. It is shared with home through newsletters and website information. Adults throughout the school model, demonstrate and promote respect for others as do older children who are encouraged to take on age related tasks and responsibilities and this is embedded throughout classroom and learning rules as well as our behaviour.
Tolerance of Those With Different Faiths and Beliefs.
Our core value of Respect ensures tolerance of those who have different faiths and beliefs. Spittal school enhances pupils’ understanding of different faiths and beliefs through religious education studies; P.S.H.E work and welcoming visitors. Beliefs, traditions and customs from around the world are studied, with visitors being invited in to our school to enrich and extend understanding.