Teaching Fundamental British Values
Promoting British values at Grenoside Community Primary School.
Our school meets the requirements of the Education Act 2002 (section 78) by promoting spiritual, moral, social and cultural ( SMSC) development of our pupils. Through SMSC provision we actively promote British Value. The Government defines British values as democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.
How we promote it.
Links to school values:
UN CRC Article 12: Children have the right to say what they think should happen, when adults are making decisions that affect them and to have their opinions taken into account.
- We teach how people can influence decision making through the democratic process.
- We have an elected House Captains. This is used as an opportunity to develop understanding of democracy though action.
- We encourage roles and responsibilities through the jobs on offer. Lunch time helpers, corridor monitors, playground buddies.
- We develop decision making through the support of local and national charities.
- Understanding of the beginnings of democracy is taught through topics as and when eg British Monarchs, ancient civilisations.
- Democracy is also promoted through the PSHCE and Philosophy 4 Children (P4C) lessons, circle time, assemblies, visitors
- Regular questionnaires also include pupils in the making decision about their school.
The rule of law
Links to school values
Responsibility, cooperation, communication
UN CRC Article 19 Government should ensure that children are properly cared for and protect them from violence, abuse and neglect by their parents, or anyone else who looks after them.
- We teach children to appreciate that living under the rule of law in Britain protects individual citizens and is essential for their well being and safety.
- We involve children in the development of school rules and teach them that the rules are there for the greater good.
- We have high expectations of pupil conduct and encourage pupils to take responsibility for their actions.
- We recognise this value through house points, Star of the Week and other rewards in school.
- Through the school values and the collective worship pupils understand right from wrong
- Visitors and community links help to strengthen understanding about roles in society eg Police
- Through PE curriculum – games have rules
- Through high expectation of pupil behaviour in that manners are a form of rules
Links to school values
Cooperation, communication, self esteem
UN CRC Article 31 All children have a right to relax and play and to join in a wide variety of activities
UN CRC Article 15 children have the right to meet together and to join groups and organisations, as long as this does not stop other people from enjoying their rights.
- Children are taught about personal responsibility through PSHCE and P4C, the behaviour policy and collective worship.
- Pupils are encouraged to take opportunities to follow their interests in art, music, sport through a range of extra curricular activities. They are also encouraged to try activities they have not had before.
- Children are taught to keep themselves safe including on line. This is done through PSHCE and P4C, computing lessons and collective worship
- Pastoral support is provided through …
- The behaviour policy sets out rights and responsibilities for all pupils. All pupils are expected to take responsibility for their own action.
- That individual liberty is not at the cost of others and does not mean ‘be selfish’
- Taking responsibility for one’s own actions, health, welfare
- Developing resilience
Links to school value
UN CRC Article 2 The convention applies to everyone whatever their race, religion, abilities, whatever they think or say and whatever type of family they come from.
UN CRC Article 30 children have a right to learn and use the language and customs of their families, whether these are shared by the majority of the people in the country or not.
- Children are taught to understand the importance of identifying and combatting discrimination.
- High expectations are clear throughout school and this includes the promotion of respect for others
- Mutual respect is taught through PSHCE and P4C, collective worship and by the action of the adults in school.
- Involvement of the wider community helps to develop understanding of different faiths, ages and abilities eg the parish council, older members of the community
- Mutual respect involves personal space, thinking time, and that people can have opposing points of view or opinions
Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs
Links to school values.
UN CRC Article 14 Children have the right to think and believe what they want and to practice their religion, as long as they are not stopping other people from enjoying their rights. Parents should guide their children in these matters.
- We teach children that the freedom to choose to hold other faiths and beliefs is protected by law.
- We have high expectations of pupil conduct and engagement with others
- Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs is promoted through the locally agreed syllabus for religious education.
- Collective worship, although mainly Christian in nature, also marks and celebrates other significant religious festivals such as Diwali and Ramadan
- Visits are made by people of other faiths
- Visits to places of religious worship