Promoting British Values at Sutton Green Primary School
Sutton Green Primary School is committed to ensuring that pupils are provided with a broad and balanced curriculum. One which prepares them for their future adult life and becoming a valued citizen of our ever changing society.
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 (2014). At Sutton Green, our motto: “Together Helping Every Child” fosters the development of our children into tolerant citizens of the future. The British values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
As a school we listen to children’s and parent’s voice and regularly seek their views through questionnaires. Our ‘Open Door’ policy enables all parents to express their views on the school and through our positive partnerships, we work closely to bring about effect change.
Each year the children in each class set up a class charter to which they all contribute and sign up to. Children have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council who meet regularly to discuss and act upon suggestions made from their peers. Prior to the School Council Elections, the children are taught about democracy and then have the chance to apply. The short-listed candidates then deliver a speech to their class-mates and they are then voted in.
· The Rule of Law:
The importance of law, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are constantly reinforced throughout the school day. Pupils are taught the values and reasons behind laws which govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken.
From entry to Sutton Green pupils are continually taught to recognise the importance of all children having a right to learn, a right to feel and be safe, and all teachers having a right to teach. We consistently reinforce our high expectations of children. Children are taught about reasons behind our expectations (rules) that they are there to protect us, that everyone has a responsibility and that there are consequences when rules are broken. We acknowledge that mistakes and wrong choices are made in life and endeavour to teach children to learn from them and use their experiences to choose the right paths in life.
Throughout the school year we welcome visits from the police service to reinforce the message of right and wrong and the fire brigade (fire safety) which all aid the children and support us in our teaching of right and wrong.
· Individual Liberty:
At Sutton Green, children are actively encouraged to make the right choices, following our school values. As a school, we educate and provide boundaries for children to make wise choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment which enables them to do this.
Through our curriculum delivery, lesson design and Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural (SMSC) sessions, we discuss different choices that the children can make and encourage them to make the right choices. We always encourage pupils to reflect on their choices and the effect that it has on both their peers and adults. They are given opportunities to resolve conflicts effectively and fairly. Through E-safety, we teach the importance of staying safe and acting responsibly online.
· Mutual Respect:
One of our Core School Values is ‘Respect’. Pupils have discussions both in class and assemblies relating to what this means and how it is shown. Displays around the school promote our school values and this is reiterated through our classroom rules, as well as our behaviour policy. We also have strong sporting values that are demonstrated through our team games against local schools and competitive sporting events that are attended. All children are taught to show good sportsmanship whether they win, lose or draw.
· Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:
Sutton Green is situated in an area which is not greatly culturally diverse, therefore we place a great emphasis on promoting diversity through our teaching and celebration of different faiths and cultures. Our curriculum incorporates teaching and learning opportunities for children to explore aspects of the wider world and an appreciation of cultural diversity. A range of religions and festivals are explored by the children and these often are the focus of our whole school assemblies. We will always ensure that we equip our children with the knowledge which will enable them to understand the diverse nature of people’s beliefs. We help them to understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity.
We hope the pupils who attend Sutton Green will leave at the end of Key Stage 2 with the skills that will allow them to participate fully in, and contribute positively to, life in modern Britain.