The Department for Education have highlighted 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 tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.’
These principles are promoted at Blackwell Primary School by giving our pupils a sense of belonging both in school, the wider community and the country in which they live.
We believe that our pupils should acquire knowledge of both the past and the present which informs them of how British values have been shaped. We ensure our pupils gain a sense of enjoyment and curiosity in learning about themselves, others and the world around them.
We teach and promote the concept of democracy through:
Democratically electing a School Council and following a democratic processes in running the Council
Celebrating achievements in weekly awards assemblies with a specific focus upon Learning to Learn skills
Consulting pupils, parents/carers through questionnaires and discussions on a range of topics
Following child initiated class and playground rules
Appointing and training” Mini leaders” to assist in supporting games and activities at playtimes and lunchtimes
Applying peer assessment to identified work through our marking policy
Golden Time activities and treats voted and chosen for by the children
Promoting Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural values
Shaping the curriculum, university workshops and role play areas from children’s ideas
We teach and promote The Rule of law through:
Our School Behaviour Policy- Sanctions and Rewards
Literacy lessons; opportunities for debating, learning how to argue and defend ideas and views
Plays and role play – links with people and visitors who may enforce the law within the community
School Council reviews and discusses issues related to the school rules on a bi-monthly basis.
We teach and promote the concept Individual Liberty through:
Pupil responsibilities of being monitors, learning buddies, mini leaders, ambassadors etc
Providing a wide range of enrichment activities which children can choose from through the university workshops and other aspects of learning day to day.
E Safety and Safeguarding lessons and activities including working with other services such as the police and fire brigade
SMSC lessons; keeping safe from harm physically and emotionally
Children choosing their own level of challenge in some lessons
University workshops and taking responsibility for developing their own skill set
We teach and promote Mutual Respect through:
Our school rules and the ‘how we behave’….in the many different settings e.g. gym, music room, I.T. suite, at the swimming pool etc.
Whole school theme weeks
Charity fund raising events
Participating in local community events
Visiting different places of cultural and religious significance for different members of our community
Through Personal, Social and Health education topics in each year group
We teach and promote Tolerance of Different Faiths and Cultures through:
Visits to places of religious, social and cultural significance to different members of our community
RE themed weeks across the school
Themed lunch days
Visitors in school
Displays around the school
Library books and resources for children to access
Weekly unit assemblies