Modern Life in Britain

“Acceptance and engagement with 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 pupils develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain.” – Ofsted inspection handbook

The Prevent Strategy, defines the British values. These are key to allowing everybody to participate and contribute positively to our society. These values are:

  • democracy
  • the rule of law
  • individual liberty
  • mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs

Throughout the day, our Co-op Values and RESPECT programme are a part of  everything we do. Our values teach ‘democracy’, ‘working together’ and ‘respect’, which work really well alongside the defined British values. Our broad and balanced curriculum allows the exploration of all of these values, across many different topics and subjects.

The Educate Against Hate website contains lots of useful information.

Educate Against Hate

Democracy:

Democracy is richly embedded within the school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through School Council. Our school rewards and sanctions encourage positive behaviour and good manners.

The Rule of Law:

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 and Fire Service visit school 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. We provide opportunities for children to express their preference through voting for example, School Council. As a school, we educate and provide boundaries for all pupils to make choices safely, through provision of a safe environment and an empowering approach through the education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these appropriately, for example through our E-Safety and PSHE lessons.

Mutual Respect:

Mutual respect is one of our core values which is reflected in our vision statement. It is shared with home through newsletters and website information. Adults throughout the school model, demonstrate and promote respect for others as do older children who have suitable, age related, tasks and responsibilities and this is reiterated through our classroom and learning rules, as well as our behaviour.

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:

We are a culturally rich and diverse academy where children have unique opportunities to learn from each other by sharing and celebrating their different faiths and cultures. Collective worship and discussions involving differences amongst us have been followed up and supported by learning in class.