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British Values

The DfE have recently reinforced the need “to create and 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.”

The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values have been reiterated this year (2014). 

In June 2014, David Cameron spoke about the important role of British values in our education system. How well schools promote such values is now part of the Ofsted inspection process. 

The promotion of British values is not something new to our curriculum at Shalford. Such values are at the core of all we do whether it be through our assemblies, our RE curriculum, our personal, social, health and citizenship lessons or through other areas of the curriculum. The term British values can be somewhat misleading as these values are integral to so many countries across the world.

At Shalford, we strongly believe in promoting our eight core values:

  • Respect-Value each other and value our differences

  • Responsibility- As global citizens, care for each other and our shared world

  • Compassion- Understand life from another’s point of view

  • Hope- I can make a difference!

  • Justice- Give everyone a fair chance to make a difference for themselves and other

  • Courage- Know what is right and stand up for it

  • Wisdom- Know about our world and understand the consequences of our choices

  • Integrity- Do what is right for me and others

These values are reinforced regularly through the following:

Democracy

Democracy is embedded at the school.  Children 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 opinions and voices heard.  Pupils also have the opportunity to air their opinions and ideas through our School Learning Leaders and regular class learning forums.  The elections of the School Learning Leaders are based solely on pupil votes, reflecting our British electoral system and demonstrating democracy in action. School Learning Leaders not only to solve issues that the children raise but also have input into their curriculum and the standards of the school. In addition, the School Learning Leaders organise our charity work and ways to raise money for the school throughout the year. This fostering of a commitment to charities is another way in which we teach a sense of Britishness.

The Rule of Law

The importance of laws, whether they are those that govern the class, the school, or the country, is consistently reinforced throughout the school day. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws (rules) that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Positive behaviour management strategies are implemented throughout the school and rules and expectations are reinforced through school assemblies and class learning forums. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service help reinforce this message.

Individual Liberty

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 all pupils to make choices safely, through provision of a safe environment and empowering education.  Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our curriculum in areas such as e-safety, anti-bullying, sex and relationship education and drugs awareness education.  Whether it is through choice of learning challenge, of how they record, of participation in our extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.

Mutual Respect

Mutual respect is at the heart of our core values. Our curriculum provides the children with an understanding of a range of different cultures and beliefs and this is explored further through celebrating a range of different religious festivals throughout the year.  At Shalford, we ensure all of our children, including those with disability, are given equal opportunities in their learning and experiences in all our curriculum activities and the regular staff training ensures this inclusive practice.  Children learn that their actions have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect. The whole school community knows and understands that respect is shown to everyone, whatever differences we may have.

Tolerance of Different Faiths and Beliefs

At Shalford, we place a great emphasis on promoting diversity with the children. Assemblies are regularly planned to address this issue either directly or through the inclusion of stories and celebrations from a variety of faiths and cultures. Our RE and PSHE teaching reinforce this. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. For example, in RE children learn about the four main religions: Christianity, Islam, Judaism and Hinduism and explore their similarities, differences and beliefs within each faith.