The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy. These values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Democracy is rife within the school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council and Pupil questionnaires. Sports Leaders are also elected by their peers to lead playtimes and the school sports day.
· 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 assemblies. 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 safety, through of provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advise how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and PSHE lessons as well as in topics such as 'Danger'. Whether it be through choice of challenge, of how they record, or of participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and university afternoons, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.
· Mutual Respect:
Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy has revolved around the Christian Ethos of the school such as love and respect. Pupils have been part of discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown. Posters around the school promote respect for others and this is reiterated through our classroom and learning 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. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. Diversity of all kinds is not just tolerated but actively welcomed.
Our children have considered carefully what it means to be British and how this is reflected in our school.
Police Reducing Our Threat and Educating Children Together
On Thursday 4th February KS2 children took part in a education workshop provided by the PROTECT team. It was delivered by the Leicestershire Police and other partnering agencies across Leicestershire and Rutland. The workshop raised children’s awareness of the risks that young people face and the consequences of poor decision making. The following topics were included:
• Internet Safety
• Anti-Social Behaviour
• Drugs and Alcohol
• Consequences of offending
• Role of the police
Here are some of the things children said about the workshop:
“I really liked how they expressed the information in a fun and active way. I also liked how they had given us useful messages for the future.” – Year 6 child “It was fun with lots of interactive games and quizzes.” – Alysha “I didn’t know you can get arrested at the age of 10.” – Seth “I particularly enjoyed hearing the true stories that the police shared.” – Year 5 child “I learnt how important safety is and knowing the accurate age limit for socialising sites, and how bad drugs and alcohol can affect your body.” – Una “It was very good and interesting” – Mohammad “You should only call 999 if it is an emergency otherwise you could ring 101.” -Alpha