British Values and SMSC
Promoting British Values.
The DfE have 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.”
Schools, through their curriculum, are legally bound to actively promote fundamental British values.
Rule of Law
Mutual respect Tolerance of those from different faiths & beliefs
- We focus on and show, through promoting the core values of the school, how the school’s work is effective in promoting and securing British values.
- Respect: have regard for the feelings, wishes and rights of others
- Integrity: be true to yourself, and always to the right thing
- Curiosity: ask questions, explore and learn
- Resilience: achieve the best you can, and never give up
- Positivity: have the right attitude that helps you succeed
We challenge pupils, staff or parents who express opinions contrary to the core values of the school.
- We provide pupils with a broad general knowledge of, and promote respect for, English law, public institutions and services through our PHSE curriculum.
- Through the democratic process of electing school council and their work we empower pupils to become involved in decision making processes and ensure they are listened to in school. School Councillors are elected solely on pupil votes and this teaches pupils how they can influence decision-making through a democratic process.
- We model how perceived injustice can be peacefully challenged through our Safeguarding & Behaviour Policy.
- We provide pupils with a broad general knowledge of, and promote respect for, English law through our PHSE curriculum and link this to their everyday lives through the consistent reinforcement of our own school rules, values and expectations.
- Ensure school rules and expectations are fair and are consistently explained and reinforced to all pupils so that they understand the basis on which the rules are made.
- Help pupils to understand that rules and laws provide safety, stability and security and protect individuals and groups within our society.
- Support pupils to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence.
- Encourage pupils to take responsibility for their behaviour, as well as knowing their rights.
- Model freedom of speech through pupil participation, while ensuring protection of vulnerable pupils.
- Challenge stereotypes.
- Implement a strong anti-bullying culture.
We celebrate our achievements, differences and cultural diversity through all school forums including in assemblies.
As part of our RE curriculum we organise visits to places of worship and visits to our school by local faith and community leaders.
There are opportunities for discussions on prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE and PSHE. This includes helping pupils to value and respect their own and other’s cultures and ways of life through developing their understanding of our multicultural community.
We support pupil’s understanding of the differences between people, such as differences of faith, ethnicity, disability, gender or sexuality and different family situations.
We encourage our pupil’s to challenge prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour.