British Values 🇬🇧
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 and 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.
Our school's core values work in harmony with our British Values, and through our work on developing both aspects of children's personal values-set, we encourage pupils to consider them together.
Our assembly themes are regularly linked to British Values and can be found here: https://www.parkfieldprimary.com/website/collective-worship.html
The Key British Values are:
- democracy (Aim High, Believe We Can Do It)
- rule of law (Do the Right Thing)
- individual liberty (Aim High, Do the Right Thing)
- mutual respect (Love Others)
- tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs (Love Others, Do the Right Thing)
At Parkfield we actively promote British Values through
- Challenging pupils, staff or parents who express opinions contrary to British values.
- Modelling values through what we say and do.
- Teaching British Values explicitly and implicitly through our curriculum and Collective Worship.
Rule of Law – what do we do?
- Ensure school values and expectations are clear and fair.
- Classroom Code of Conduct, linked to our school's core values.
- Use of praise and reward to promote positive consequences.
- Use of sanctions to encourage pupils to take ownership of own behaviour.
- Help pupils to distinguish right from wrong.
- Help pupils to respect the law and the basis on which it is made.
- Help pupils to understand that living under the rule of law protects individuals.
- Include visits from the police across the year.
- Teach pupils aspects of both civil and criminal law and discuss how this might differ from some religious laws (Year 6)
Individual Liberty – what do we do?
- Support pupils to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence
- Strong focus on pupils developing own self-discipline by replacing rules with values - supporting children to adopt them independently.
- 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
- E-Safety lessons through school.
Respect and Tolerance – what do we do?
- Promote respect for individual differences.
- Help pupils to acquire an understanding of, and respect for, their own and other cultures and ways of life, particularly through RE curriculum
- Challenge prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour.
- Organise regular visits to places of worship.
- Develop links with faith and other communities through RE and working alongside children and their families.
- Learning to disagree in a respectful way.
- Develop critical personal thinking skills.
- Link with local schools that have different demographic to ourselves.
Democracy – what do we do?
- Hold regular democratic elections for our Pupil voice groups (e.g. school and eco council)
- Teach children about the democratic process during election time - particularly as the school is used as a polling station
- 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.
- Include in the curriculum information on the advantages and disadvantages of democracy and how it works in Britain.
- Teach pupils the history of democracy, such as through Year 4 topic on Ancient Greece
- Encourage pupils to become involved in decision-making processes and ensure they are listened to in school, such as through the School Council.
- Hold ‘mock elections’ so pupils learn how to argue and defend points of view (KS2).
- Help pupils to express their views, including through Circle Time.
- Model how perceived injustice can be peacefully challenged.
- Democracy is shown through history topics such as the Vikings and Saxons.
- Circle Time and discussion groups.
Some of the year group specific activities linked to British Values can be found below:
- develop classroom expectations-class charter.
- explore individual thoughts, views and differences.
- explore different cultures and celebrations.
- Visit the church.
- Bonfire safety.
- Vote on what to turn our creative area into.
- Introduce yes/no answer cards. Children show their answer to questions that challenge stereotypes, e.g. Can a girl be a doctor?
- understand different ways of life.
- Being a parkfielder not just in school.
- Use yes/no questions to develop further discussion opportunities.
- We will be taking part in democratic processes to elect members of the school council and adjudicating as to a person's innocence or guilt.
- Mutual respect and tolerance is an attitude that recognises and respects the individual liberty of others – even if their choices, lifestyle and beliefs are ones you don’t agree with or like.
- We will be looking at British culture and tradition through the celebration of St Georges Day.
- Children will discuss their own family unit and learn about other possible family units. They will discuss their own religious beliefs and be open-minded about other people’s ideas.
- Children will develop their capacity for critical and independent thought by listening and responding appropriately to the views of others. They will recognise the unique value of each individual and display a sense of belonging and an increasing willingness to participate in class discussions.
- Children will be encouraged to develop their knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence by working to produce a presentation in small groups.