The Department for Education has recently stated the need to:
"create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs".
Lumbertubs Primary School is committed to the ethos of promoting British values, and preparing our pupils for success in a modern Britain. This includes developing the core skills of thoughtfulness, respect, responsibility, bravery, determination, honesty, fairness and kindness. These are values and qualities that we feel are important so that our children can play significant and meaningful role in society.
British Values at Lumbertubs Primary School
These values are taught through our core values and connected curriculum. We also teach these values through planning and delivering a broad and balanced curriculum. They are reinforced on a daily basis by expectations of behaviour within our school community.
The school takes opportunities to actively promote British values through our assemblies and whole school systems such as running a successful Junior Leadership Team and developing the role of School Prefects in supporting mutual respect and tolerance in our diverse community.
Actively promoting these values also means challenging pupils, staff, governors or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views. Below are just a few examples of how we promote these values in school.
Democracy is an important value at our school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council. The elections of members of the Junior Leadership Team are based on pupil votes. Year 6 prefects apply and are interviewed for their positions. All pupils have an equal right to apply and be considered for the posts. Each class has a weekly Class Learning Forum where learning is discussed and pupils voice what has supported successful learning and how those approaches could be integrated in the following week’s lessons. In addition some assemblies follow current affairs where we can teach about democracy through worldwide events. We have regular questionnaires so that pupils can “have their say”. We then work as a school community to resolve issues and misunderstandings.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws and rules, whether they are those that govern the class, the school or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout the school day. Our behaviour codes are clear and behaviour steps are displayed in every class. Children are asked to identify which aspect of the code they have broken to ensure that this connection is made and understood. 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. We have a set of school rules that apply everywhere and to everyone.
Alongside rules and laws we promote freedom of choice and the right to respectfully express views and beliefs. We actively support all pupils to develop their self knowledge, self esteem and self confidence and to take responsibility for their own behaviour. Children are actively encouraged to make choices at our school, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. 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 teaching .Pupils are given the freedom to make choices, e.g. signing up for extra-curricular clubs and choosing the level of challenge in some lessons. We actively teach that with liberty and rights comes responsibility and this is woven into our assembly plans each year.
Our school ethos and behaviour policy are based around our core values at school and embody values such as ‘respect’ and ‘responsibility’ and these values determine how we live as a community. We aim to nurture everyone’s uniqueness and special gifts, value diversity and develop everyone to their full potential. Anti bullying assemblies and other assemblies, all reflect our commitment to mutual respect. Equally raising money for charity as a whole school helps in teaching mutual respect as well as reinforcing our links with the local and wider community.
Tolerance of Those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
This is achieved through enhancing pupils’ understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity in our local community. Pupils develop an understanding of and respect for their own cultures and other ways of life through visits to places of worship, visits from representatives of different faiths and an exploration of religions and cultural practices through our RE curriculum. We encourage children to research and discover differences and similarities between us and our European neighbours. We use opportunities such as the Olympics and World Cup and in 2015 the Rugby World Cup to study and learn about life and culture in other countries.