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Lowton West Primary School


Promoting British Values at Lowton West Primary School

This document sets out how we, at Lowton West, develop and promote British Values throughout our school and within our curriculum.

The Government set out its initial definition of British Values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and supplemented this with additional guidance in November 2014. Publishing the guidance Lord Nash said:

“We want every school to promote the basic British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance for those of different faiths and beliefs.”

The DfE has 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, mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”

A key part of our plan for education is to ensure children become valuable and fully rounded members of society who treat others with respect and tolerance, regardless of background. This ensures young people understand the importance of respect and leave school fully prepared for life in modern Britain. In building the teaching of British Values into our school curriculum, the children will develop:

· an understanding of how citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process

· an understanding that the freedom to hold other faiths and beliefs is protected in law

· an acceptance that people having different faiths or beliefs to oneself (or having none) should be accepted and tolerated, and should not be the cause of prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour

· an understanding of the importance of identifying and combating discrimination

. an understanding that while different people may hold different views about what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, all people living in England are subject to its law.

. an appreciation that living under the rule of law protects individual citizens and is essential for their well-being and safety.

. a general knowledge of and respect for public institutions and services in England.

The mission statement and aims of the school carefully reflect these values, and the whole school strives to uphold them.

Mission Statement

At Lowton West we strive to provide a happy, secure and stimulating environment, in which the children are cared for, will be successful, will gain in self-confidence, and will demonstrate a respect for other people and the community.

We aim to:

·         Deliver a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum covering a wide range of skills, knowledge and understanding

·         Enable the children to realise their highest possible achievements

·         Provide for the children’s intellectual, emotional, physical, spiritual and social development

·         Promote and encourage equal and challenging opportunities for the children within a safe, positive and stimulating environment

·         Ensure that the curriculum takes account of the needs of children with differing abilities

·         Enable the children to take informed and positive decisions

·         Encourage independent thinking

·         Promote the children’s self-esteem and self-confidence

·         Promote good self-discipline

·         Encourage the children to co-operate with others and work as a member of a team

·         Encourage respect and care for other people, the community, animals and the environment

·         Value racial, ethnic and religious diversity

·         Promote the links between school and home and the partnership between school, staff and parents

·         Recognise the children’s achievements and provide appropriate praise

·         Enable the children to be happy at school

The table below shows where British Values are incorporated into the school curriculum as an intrinsic part of school life at Lowton West.

VALUE

OUR CURRICULUM

Democracy

Our active school council is a body of children that have been voted for by their peers to represent the pupils' views about the school. It comprises of two children from each class, from Year 2 to Year 6. Elections are held each September, and the children hold their post for a year. In their regular meetings they come up with fund raising ideas for both school fund and charities, school improvement plans and other school events. Children regularly feedback to their class following meetings and take votes/ ideas back to share at the next meeting.

Every year children complete a pupil questionnaire where they are able to put forward their views about the school.

The children also have an opportunity to vote for their House Captains in Year 6. These House Captains then represent the children from each of the four houses during Achievement Assemblies and Inter-House Sports Events that take place throughput the year.

During work in PSHCE, KS2 pupils complete topic work regarding British Democracy. This is also explore in Assembly themes where children learn about how and why their school is used as a polling station during local and general government elections.

FURTHER EVIDENCE:

· Mission statement

· School council minutes

· PSHCE Scheme of Work

. Religious Festivals and Cultural Events Calendar for assemblies

The Rule of Law

The importance of laws, whether they are the laws that govern the class, the school or the country, is consistently reinforced at Lowton West. Pupils are taught the rules of the school from a very early age. Our school has a Code of Conduct which every pupil is expected to follow. In addition, classes decide upon its own class rules for the year in September and produce a class charter; these are displayed in each class and the Code of Conduct is displayed around school. Pupils also understand the importance of rules that relate to safety and the need for playground rules and rules for moving around our school, which are covered in the Code of Conduct.

Children explore the Rule of Law during assemblies, and understand how people are subject to its law. They learn how the law protects individual citizens and is essential for their well-being and safety.

Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind rules and laws, that they govern us and protect us. They explore the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits, including class talks and Key Stage assemblies from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service help reinforce this message.

In Reception, pupils learn about People in the community who help us and receive a visit from the local police or police community support officer. Police are also invited into school to speak to older pupils, to develop their knowledge and understanding of the Rule of Law and the age of criminal responsibility.

FURTHER EVIDENCE:

· Mission statement

· Positive Behaviour Management and Discipline Policy

. Anti-bullying Policy

· Display of school Code of Conduct around the school building.

. Photographs and pupils’ work linked to visitors in school

· PSHCE Scheme of Work

. Religious Festivals and Cultural Events Calendar for assemblies

Individual Liberty

The PSHCE scheme at Lowton West actively encourages pupils to make choices. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for pupils to make informed choices, through a safe and supportive environment and an empowering education. PSHCE lessons are used to teach and reinforce Social and Emotional and Behavioural skills throughout the school. School assemblies are used to both explore and support the school’s aims. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safety, for example through our eSafety, Anti-Bullying Week, SEAL lessons and assemblies. By teaching the children how to manage and understand their emotions they will be motivated and equipped to achieve these aims.

FURTHER EVIDENCE:

· Mission statement

· Positive Behaviour Management and Discipline Policy

. Anti-bullying Policy

· Displays and pupils’ work

· PSHCE Scheme of Work

. Religious Festivals and Cultural Events Calendar for assemblies·

Mutual Respect

Mutual respect is at the heart of our values and our school Code of Conduct. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. We all have high expectations of achievement and behaviour. Children and staff are polite and kind. All members of the school community treat each other with respect. All members of the school family are equally valued. We believe that everyone has their own special gifts and we are expected to use them. Our teachers make lessons enjoyable and interesting and everybody is expected to do their best and respect others.

FURTHER EVIDENCE:

· Mission statement

· Positive Behaviour Management and Discipline Policy

. Anti-bullying Policy

School Code of Conduct

· Displays and pupils’ work and activities

· PSHCE Scheme of Work and policy

· Religious Festivals and Cultural Events Calendar for assemblies

Tolerance for those of different faiths and beliefs

Lowton West is a diverse school. We actively promote diversity through our celebrations of different faiths and cultures. Our school Religious Festivals and Cultural Events calendar ensures all key festivals and events are explored in assemblies throughout the school year. Assemblies reflect and teach the children about tolerance for different faiths and beliefs.

Religious Education lessons, topic lessons and PSHCE lessons reinforce messages of tolerance and respect for others. Children of different faiths are actively encouraged to share their beliefs and experiences in class during topics and members of different faiths from our school and local community are invited in to school to share their experiences, developing the pupils’ understanding and enhancing learning. The children learn about and visit places of worship that are important to different faiths. Pupils are also invited to participate in the family praise service at St Luke’s Church, Lowton.

Activities within school support both children and adults of different or no faith, the children are taught respect and tolerance of these groups and the opinions and feelings of the groups are taken into account with all activities.

FURTHER EVIDENCE:

· Mission statement

· Positive Behaviour Management and Discipline Policy

. Anti-bullying Policy

. School Code of Conduct

· Displays and pupils’ work and activities

· PSHCE Scheme of Work and policy

. RE policy and Local Agreed Syllabus for RE

· Religious Festivals and Cultural Events Calendar for assemblies

· Alternative faith work as part of R.E.

 RELIGIOUS FESTIVALS AND CULTURAL EVENTS ASSEMBLY PLANNER – AUTUMN TERM 2015

 

 Religious Festivals and Cultural Events Calendar 2014-2015.

 

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