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British Values

Below, you will find just some examples of the ways we promote British Values through daily school life, the curriculum, worship and personal development. 

Individual Liberty

  • Within school, children are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing they are in a safe and supportive environment. Children regularly make choices about their learning tasks and challenges in lessons and are encouraged to make good choices about their behaviour.
  • Children are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are taught how to do this safely, for example through work on eSafety and in PSHE lessons through units such as Keeping Safe and Managing Risk, Physical Health and Wellbeing and Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing. Children also have the opportunity to learn about careers, financial capability and economic wellbeing.
  • Children in year 6 are well prepared for the transition to secondary school and carry out a Smart Moves programme, learn about junior citizenship, rules and responsibilities and personal safety.
  • Children have the opportunity to choose which extracurricular clubs they participate in and to support different charities through events such as Odd Socks Day for the anti-bullying alliance, Number Day for the NSPCC and supporting the Macmillan Coffee Morning.
  • Children are given the chance to take on extra responsibilities in class (monitors) and around the school e.g. office helpers or playground buddies.
  • We support children to develop their understanding of spirituality: self-esteem , self-confidence, their personal understanding of themselves and their place in the wider world.
  • Collective worship further develops children’s understanding of individual liberty through focus weeks on doing the right thing (Perseverance), courage in confronting wrong (Courage), living for others (Service) and making the right choices (Truthfulness).

Rule of Law

  • Children understand our school rules of Ready, Respectful and Safe and devise class rules based around these each year.
  • The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, school or the country, are constantly reinforced throughout the school day.
  • Children are taught about the value and reasons behind laws, the responsibilities involved and consequences when laws are broken. We discuss choices and consequences when dealing with behaviour throughout the school.
  • Visits from the Police and Fire services help children understand more about the rule of law.
  • Each year, children in year 6 attend a junior citizenship event where key messages about the rule of law are reinforced and children are taught about personal safety and choices.
  • The Junior Leadership Team are elected by each class and are representatives helping to organise school events such as anti-bullying week, providing pupil views and suggesting ways to further improve our school.
  • Collective worship further develops children’s understanding through focus week on making the right choices, searching for the truth, keeping God’s rules and caring for creation.
  • Children learn about eSafety and how to report problems in computing lessons and consider ethics and changes in law surrounding organ donation and dissection in our Year 6 Blood Heart project.

Democracy

  • Children agree the class rules each year based around our school rules of Ready, Respectful and Safe.
  • Children are elected by their peers to the Junior Leadership Team.
  • Pupil voice is heard through the Junior Leadership Team and further pupil interviews to seek views on the school including behaviour, curriculum and learning.
  • Children learn about the advantages and disadvantages of democracy and how it works in Britain through PSHE and history lessons. For example, in our Imaginative Learning Projects, children in Year 2 will learn about how lords in the Middle Ages ruled their people in ‘Towers, Tunnels and Turrets’ and children in Year 6 explore the complex dynamics of government and war in ‘A Child’s War’.
  • Children learn about what is right and fair in all aspects of the curriculum.
  • In PSHE lessons, children in each year group learn about Identity, Society and Democracy.
  • Our exploration of our core Christian values supports further learning about democracy. For example, focus weeks in worship on treating people fairly, making wise decisions, seeing the whole picture and keeping God’s rules when learning about the value of justice.
  • Children are encouraged and supported to work collaboratively in all lessons and know that we can learn from the mistakes we make in all areas e.g. when investigating and problem solving in maths lessons.

Tolerance of Others

  • We have high expectations about pupil conduct and this is reflected in our behaviour policy.
  • Stanwell Fields is an increasingly culturally diverse community and we place great emphasis on celebrating diversity with the children through curriculum learning (e.g. topics such as Hola Mexico, Road Trip USA and Do you want to be Friends?
  • In PSHE, each year group studies Identity, Society and Democracy where they may learn about democracy, discrimination and prejudice, human rights or celebrating differences.
  • In RE lessons, children learn about a range of faiths in each year group. In Year 5 children explore ‘Understanding Faith in our school and local community’ and in Year 6, ‘Rules and responsibilities’.
  • Events such as international day and arts week teach children about different cultures and celebrate differences.
  • Collective Worship is regularly planned to address the issue of tolerance for others (e.g. focus weeks on being a good neighbour, valuing others as we would like to be valued, supporting one another and treating people fairly)
  • Children are taught and encouraged to listen to each other’s views and express themselves when discussing what they have read in English lessons or when evaluating performances in music or PE.

Mutual Respect

  • Our school rules of Ready, Respectful and Safe help teach children about respecting themselves, others and school property.
  • We offer a culturally rich curriculum and program of worship that promote mutual respect. Children learn through lessons and collective worship that their behaviour has an effect on their own rights and those of others.
  • Our teachers and support staff all actively promote an attitude of equality and fairness.
  • Collective Worship is carefully planned to further support children’s understanding of mutual respect. For example, we have focus weeks when exploring our Christian Value of Respect on valuing difference, respecting the environment and valuing different opinions.
  • We participate in many different community events which build links with other schools and parts of the community for example Spelthorne school quizzes, singing at local care homes, the Spelthorne lantern parade and collecting donations at Harvest for the local food bank.
  • We uphold the British Value of respect for British institutions by celebrating many British festivals and special events e.g. Remembrance Day, Christmas, Easter, World Book Day, Children in Need or Red Nose Day.
  • Children learn to accept constructive feedback in all areas of their learning e.g. about their artwork.
  • Collaborative working is encouraged across the curriculum and children learn to share, listen to others, take turns and work with a variety of children. For example, when carrying out a science investigation or when working together on a dance performance in PE.

“I can do all these things through Him who gives me strength.” (Philippian 4:13)