Promoting Fundamental British Values.
In accordance with The Department for Education we aim to actively promote British values in schools to ensure young people leave school prepared for life in modern Britain.
Pupils are encouraged to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance. Our children understand that while different people may hold different views about what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, all people living in England are subject to its law.
The Key Values are:
• rule of law
• individual liberty
• mutual respect
• tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
Our School Council 2023-24
As part of our work on the British Value of DEMOCRACY, each class has elected a School Council member. We held an assembly to explain the role and responsibilities and then every child had the option to write and deliver their own manifesto to their class. Through a fair voting process, the seven members were selected. This process is repeated annually to allow other children the chance to become a School Council Representative.
At our first meeting, we discussed what we loved about our school and things we thought we could improve. The children then took these questions back to their own classes. Based on the outcomes, we will decide which ideas we can action immediately and which we need to work on. Even our youngest member was very involved and had lots of ideas and suggestions and they are all wearing their badges with pride.
In October, we had a whole school focus on our School Values. Our previous values were looked at and discussed and we worked together, in assembly and in classes, to condense them to reflect the true essence of our schools. The children talked about our school with passion and pride, they spoke of all the things that they felt were important such as friendship, respect, pride, effort, compassion and kindness. Back in class, they all voted for their top three values.
Our new values are: Honesty, Respect and Trust.
We show respect to each other, we are honest and appreciate that we all make mistakes sometimes, we trust in each other and that the adults in school will help us learn and be the best we can be.
We met to discuss how everything is going, reflect on the past term and the transition to everyone being on one site. The children felt that playtimes were very positive and all reported they liked coming to school and looked forward to seeing their friends and learning.
The question they have taken back to their classes is: "What equipment would you like to have at playtimes?" We talked about the equipment we already have and made suggestions such as giant versions of well-known games such our large 4-in-a-row game. The children will report back at the next meeting and then we will be writing to the PTA to request their support with this.
This term we have looked at celebrating differences and have been learning a song which also uses signing. In assemblies, we have looked at diversity and thought about ways in which people may be different to one another. We have spoken about treating everyone with kindness and respect. As part of our weekly celebration assembly, the staff can nominate someone who they think has shown exceptional kindness during the week. Their pictures can be seen in our school hall.