Promoting British Values

The DfE 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.’

The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values have been reiterated in 2014.

The British values are:

  • Democracy
  • The Rule of Law
  • Individual Liberty
  • Mutual Respect
  • Tolerance of those with different faith and beliefs

We also value the ‘golden rule’ of treating others how you wish to be treated and promote this across the school.

At Fowey Primary School these values are reinforced and supported through our teaching regularly. This document gives a brief overview of how being British and the values are celebrated.

Value

How we promote it

Democracy

UN CRC Article 12: Children have the right to say what they think should happen, when adults are making decisions that affect them, and to have their opinions taken into account.

 

  • We have elected our School Council representatives from each year group. This is used as an opportunity to promote and teach about democracy and electoral voting.
  • We have selected House Captains (Y6) to represent each house (Rashleigh, Hanson and Treffry). This enables children to understand the candidate and selection process.
  • We encourage children to volunteer; this includes raising money for local, national and international charities.
  • Democracy is also promoted through our PSHE lessons and assemblies.
  • Children are taught about their rights as a child and learn to respect those and the rights of others.

The Rule of Law

UN CRC Article 19: Governments should ensure that children are properly cared for, and protect them from violence, abuse and neglect by their parents, or anyone else who looks after them.

 

  • We have high expectations about pupil conduct, which is reflected in our Behaviour Policy. There are rewards for exhibiting positive and caring behaviour; these are recognised and praised through examples such as golden letters, work/workers of the week, etc. We consistently celebrate these during our assemblies and daily throughout school, both in and outside of the classroom. These are promoted by all adults around the school.
  • Through our school assemblies, circle time and PSHE lessons children are explicitly taught to respect rules and why they are made. Children are supported to develop a strong sense of morality; knowing right from wrong and making the right decision to do the right thing. This is also consistently reinforced and is fundamental in daily school life.
  • Visits from law enforcements such as local officers/PCSO talk to the children and explain about their role in society. Other organisations such as the RNLI visit school to explain their roles and what this means to the children.
  • Children are taught about their rights as a child and learn to respect those and the rights of others.

Individual Liberty

UN CRC Article 31: All children have a right to relax and play, and to join in a wide range of activities.

UN CRC Article 15: Children have the right to meet together and to join groups and organisations, as long as this does not stop other people from enjoying their rights.

 

  • Through our school values, ethos and PSHE lessons, children are taught about personal responsibilities, choices, ambition and aspiration. They are encouraged to take risks in their academic and personal development. They are encouraged to take opportunities to follow their interests in subjects such as Art, Music, Sport, etc. This is supported by the range of extra curriculum opportunities available to pupils, e.g. Wednesday Workshops and after school clubs.
  • Children are taught how to keep themselves safe, including online. This is completed through computing lessons on online safety, assemblies and outside organisation visits such as NSPCC, ChildLine, as well as through PSHE lessons.
  • Children are taught about their rights as a child and learn to respect those and the rights of others.

Mutual Respect

UN CRC Article 2: The convention applies to everyone whatever their race, religion, abilities, whatever they think or say and whatever type of family they come from.

UN CRC Article 30: Children have the right to learn and use the language and customs of their families, whether these are shared by the majority of people in the country or not.

  • We have high expectations about pupil conduct and this is reflected in our Behaviour Policy, Anti-Bullying Policy and Single Equality Policy.  
  • Through our school’s values, PSHE and circle time children are taught to respect others, including staff. They are encouraged to learn to be co-operative and collaborative through group activities. They are encouraged to be actively supporting and understand of similarities and differences between themselves and others.
  • Children are taught about their rights as a child and learn to respect those and the rights of others.

 

Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs

UN CRC Article 14: Children have the right to think and believe what they want, and to practise their religions, as long as they are not stopping other people from enjoying their rights. Parents should guide their children on these matters.

 

  • We have high expectations about pupil conduct and this is reflected in our Behaviour Policy, Anti-Bullying Policy and Single Equality Policy.  
  • Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs is promoted through the Cornwall Syllabus for Religious Education. Children learn about different religions, their beliefs, places of worship and festivals.
  • Different classes study significant festivals.
  • Children have opportunities to visit places of worship as well as visits from religious educators who deliver specialised workshops.
  • Children are taught about their rights as a child and learn to respect those and the rights of others.
  • Children are taught that their opinions matter and their voices should be heard and that this should not break or compromise mutual respect and tolerance for each other.

 

We produce half termly topic webs which give an overview of learning for each year group. Below you can read examples of links to British values within our curriculum at Fowey Primary School:

Year R

  • Celebrations such as May Flora Day and St. Piran’s Day
  • People who help us in society and their roles i.e. emergency services
  • Christian Festivals such as Harvest, Easter, Christmas, etc.

 Year 1

  • Study of historical British figures e.g. George Forest and Grace Darling
  • Disability sports
  • Where plants are grown locally/globally including Fairtrade
  • Religious ceremonies such as weddings and baptisms
  • Study of ‘our place in the world’

Year 2

  • Disability sports
  • Explore creation stories from different religions
  • Historical figures e.g. Queen Victoria
  • History of the Union Jack flag
  • Global citizenship – ‘Farm to Fork’

Year 3

  • Study social classes within Roman topic
  • Study of influential female role models including Barbara Hepworth
  • French picnic – culture and differences of food
  • Study of fables looking at morals and messages (traditional and from other cultures)
  • What makes us proud to be British and Cornish

Year 4

  • Study of British historical figures such as King Alfred and John Wesley
  • Development of law from medieval to modern day
  • Various invasions of England – Saxons and Vikings that influence modern day
  • Stories from other cultures e.g. The tree of life
  • Creation of the Metropolitan police service

Year 5

  • Study of Ancient Greece civilisation (beginnings of democracy)
  • Olympics and World Cup
  • Commonwealth
  • Religious stories e.g. Sermon on the Mount
  • Hazard Alley visit

Year 6

  • Gender stereotypes SRE
  • Current affairs/Global learning – ‘What is happening now?’
  • Study of the Magna Carta
  • Community projects
  • Study of World War 2 and Britain throughout the 20th century, including study of influential figures like Winston Churchill

 

At Fowey Primary we will actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views.