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Promoting 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.’

These are values that have a central place in the way our children learn and in the content of our curriculum at East Dene Primary.

At our school, these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:

Democracy:

Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council as well as through termly Pupil questionnaires. The elections of school councilors, are based solely on pupil votes. Our school behaviour policy involves rewards and incentives, which the pupils have decided upon.

The Rule of Law:

The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school collective worship. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police, Fire Service etc. are regular parts of our calendar and 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 young pupils to make choices safely, through provision of a safe environment and empowering education.  Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their personal freedoms and advise on how to do these safely are catered for in our curriculum, for example through our E-Safety and PSHE lessons. Whether it be within the school day or through participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.

Mutual Respect:

Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy has revolved around Core Values such as ‘Respect’, and pupils have been part of discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown. This is reiterated through our Golden Rules, as well as our behaviour policy.

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:

This is achieved through enhancing pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE and PSHE. The school has an EAL profile and members of different faiths, religions or backgrounds are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school.

P.S.H.E. Curriculum

Much of the promotion of British Values is delivered through the Rotherham P.S.H.E. Scheme of Work. The units provide the following coverage:

Y1       The Caring School, Keeping Healthy, Keeping Myself Safe (People Who Can Help Me and E-Safety)

Y2       The Caring School, Me, My Community and the Environment, Healthy Lifestyles, Keeping Myself Safe

Y3       My Healthy Body, Rights and Responsibilities, Keeping Myself Safe

Y4       Respecting the Differences Between People, How Do Rules and Laws Affect Me?

E-Safety

Y5       Lifestyles and Cultures, Political Literacy and Citizenship, The Consequences of Inequality

Y6       Growing Up – Responsibilities, Global Citizenship, Global Difference and Diversity