Promoting Fundamental British Values
The DfE have 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 and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”
Citizens of the UK are encouraged to:
- Respect and obey the law
- Respect the rights of others, including their right to their own opinions
- Treat others with fairness
- Look after yourself and your family
- Look after the area in which you live and the environment
At Henry Chadwick Primary School we believe that we fully promote these fundamental British Values through our enriching curriculum and extra-curricular activities.
We are committed to promoting these in the following ways:
One of the fundamental values at Henry Chadwick is the right of all members of the community to be heard and the responsibility of others to allow this to happen. This is taught and reinforced through all lessons, teaching and modelling to children and young people, how to make their needs and wishes heard in a way that society and school life find acceptable. At Henry Chadwick we take pupil voice very seriously. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council, Sports Council, E-Safety Council, worry boxes and pupil questionnaires. The elections of class representatives for these Councils are based solely on pupil votes. The councils meet regularly and take part in decision-making on a range of topics. These topics are also discussed within classes, so that all pupils have an input in decision-making. In addition regular Pupil Voice meetings (Tea with Me) are held with a variety of members of staff, covering a range of topics.
In the Early Years and Key Stage 1, there is particular focus on children learning to take turns and share in play; throughout their school life children are encouraged to share, and to show patience and respect. Children in Years 1 and 2 also hold elections for a class Mayor/Mayoress during their ‘Big Town’ topic.
Pupils in Years 5 and 6 regularly visit the Houses of Parliament in London and attended a local democracy event in Lichfield. In addition all Key Stage 2 pupils have been taught about living in a democratic society during our Democracy topic leading up to the 2015 General Election. The children have been taking part in debates and creating their own campaigns.
The Rule of Law
All staff members have high expectations of the children in our school. The importance of rules are consistently reinforced in the classroom, as well as through school assemblies. Pupils are taught to understand the need for laws – that they are there for individual protection, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Within classes, pupils generate their own set of rules so that there is a common understanding of what is important in order for the class to be an orderly place to work. Pupils follow a positive behaviour policy and clearly understand the rewards and sanctions that are used. Assemblies and discussions in class focus on recognising right from wrong. Visits throughout the school from Phil Eccleston (an ex-police officer), the Police and Fire Service help to reinforce these messages. Children are taught about rights and responsibilities through SEAL lessons; this is reinforced through classroom displays. The children discuss moral issues relevant to them and their topic, and this enables them to listen, respond and behave with respect, and develop their understanding of the rules of the law.
Pupils are encouraged to be independent learners, constantly making choices, within a safe and supportive environment. Children are able to self select their level of work in lessons and are encouraged to reflect both during and after the lessons. Developing their self-esteem and self-confidence is very important. Pupils are encouraged to understand their personal freedoms and are taught how to use these rights to best effect. All pupils are keen to support charities, whether local, national or global. Children regularly have the opportunity to take part in fund raising activities for large charitable events such as Children in Need and Comic Relief. In addition, as part of our international work children have completed sponsored events and held a coin trail to sponsor a child in Bolivia. They are taught consideration for others through our Religious Education and SEAL curriculum.
E-safety is a high priority in school and we are currently working towards achieving the E-safety mark. Children regularly have e-safety lessons that teach and equip them to use technology effectively and safely enabling them to make choices in a safe manner. Children have the opportunity to belong to a wide range of clubs within school.
Pupils learn about times within history when individual liberty has been challenged or compromised and they remember those who have given their lives to maintain our freedom.
At Henry Chadwick, our values of respect and tolerance permeate all areas of school life. This engenders a climate within which pupils feel safe and secure, and facilitates the fulfillment of potential. All staff demonstrate respect to everyone with whom they come into contact and act as positive role models for the children. They promote the behaviours and attitudes that are the foundation of positive relationships. The strong school ethos encourages everyone to consider and support each other and to celebrate the worth and individuality of every member of the school community. Discussions in class and during whole school assemblies as well as issues that are promoted during collective worship, allow the children to show respect and reverence to all other individuals. Children compete against other schools in a range of competitive situations and are taught respect and sportsmanship through this.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
Pupils are reminded of their place in a culturally diverse society through our Religious Education curriculum and the spiritual life of the school. Assemblies and class work, including difference and diversity units promote the diversity of society and the right for each person to be respected and valued equally regardless of ability, gender, faith, heritage or race. As part of our international work, we study different cultures and religions and offer children enrichment activities that celebrate these faiths. These activities, including Indian dancing and the Holi Festival of Colour, have really engaged the pupils. Visitors are invited to school to share their knowledge of different faith communities, most recently an Islamic workshop, and enhance learning within assemblies and in class. Children in Key Stage 2 also regularly visit a Multi-Faith Centre.
British Values at Henry Chadwick
At Henry Chadwick we actively promote the fundamental British Values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of all faiths and beliefs. This is done through targeted teaching in a range of lessons and through modelling. One of the fundamental values at Henry Chadwick is the right of all members of the school community to be heard and the responsibility of others to allow this to happen. This is taught and reinforced through all lessons, teaching and modelling to children and young people, how to make their needs and wishes heard in a way that society and school life find acceptable. At Henry Chadwick, we take pupil voice very seriously. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council, Sports Council, worry boxes, pupil questionnaires and through regular assemblies and PHSE lessons. The elections of class representatives for these councils are based solely on pupil votes. The councils meet regularly and take part in decision making on a range of topics, including the curriculum. These topics are also discussed within classes so that all pupils have an input in the decision making process. Pupil voice meetings are held with a variety of members of staff, covering a range of topics. As a school, we provide an opportunity and a platform for children to engage in topical issues; both locally and nationally. Furthermore, children are encouraged to challenge opinions and are given the chance to reply to intellectual debate at classroom level up to government level. Our children have recently challenged the route of HS2 traffic, resulting in a positive outcome for the village and local area.
Our Prevent Statement
At Henry Chadwick Community Primary School we aim to prepare our students to become good citizens of the future. Through our curriculum we teach pupils British values and how to celebrate diversity. We aim to raise their awareness of radicalisation and extremist views, whatever the source. We have adopted the principles and advice found in ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education 2015’ and the 2011 ‘Prevent Strategy’. These are incorporated into our school policy on tackling extremism.
Government website – www.educateagainsthate.com – Practical advice and information on protecting children from extremism and radicalisation.
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