British values are promoted in so much of what we do through school assemblies, RE lessons and Spiritual, Moral, Social, Cultural development (SMSC) and circle time. The values are integral to our school ethos. As well as promoting British values, we would actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British values, inline with the Prevent Strategy.
Through our curriculum we ensure that we include, as appropriate for the age of pupils, materials on the strengths, advantages and disadvantages of democracy, and how democracy and the law works in Britain. Pupils are provided with the opportunity to learn how to argue and defend points of view. Teaching resources from a wide variety of sources are used to help pupils understand a range of faiths.
The school actively promotes democratic processes through our development of the School Council. The school ensures that all pupils within the school have a voice that is listened to.
This year School Council have influenced decision-making in a number of areas including:
• the charities that school is fundraising for and the fundraising events that have been held so far;
• the replacement of the tuck shop with a reading book saving scheme;
• members have gathered information about what children in school want play leaders to do and the equipment that will be available at playtimes
• voted for children to bring their own fruit or cereal bar to school each Friday
• shared decisions that have been made with their classes during Circle Time.
In the coming months School Council will be helping Mrs Padfield to choose a design for the school library and will be helping Miss Walker to expand the number of jobs available for children.
Further information can be obtained from https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/380595/SMSC_Guidance_Maintained_Schools.pdf