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British Values at Dunton Green Primary School
A trip to the House of Lords as the guest of Baroness Emerton - July 2016
At Dunton Green Primary School we uphold and teach pupils about British Values which are defined as:
- rule of law
- individual liberty
- mutual respect
- tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
These values are taught explicitly through Personal, Social, Health and Emotional (PSHE) and Religious Education (RE). They are reflected in our School Values and are also taught through planning and delivering a broad and balanced curriculum.
The school takes opportunities to actively promote British Values through daily collective worship and whole school systems and structures such as electing and running a successful School Council and electing House Captains. We also actively promote British values through ensuring that our curriculum planning and delivery includes real opportunities for exploring these values.
At Dunton Green, these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Democracy is an important value at our school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council, and through the appointment of the Head Boy, Head Girl and House Captains. The elections of members of the School Council are based on pupil votes. In Lower Key Stage 2 children learn about local democracy alongside how people can contribute to society and understanding rules and laws. in Upper Key Stage 2 we develop this to devise a class charter, develop an understanding of democracy at national level, consider how the British voting system works and look at rule and law making.
The Rule of Law:
The importance of laws and rules, whether they are those that govern the class, the school or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days. Our system for behaviour is aligned to an agreed set of codes and if children are given verbal warnings this is always set against the agreed school Behaviour and Anti-Bullying policy.
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, fire service etc. are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message.
To encourage and promote good behaviour, attitude and work, we have devised a reward system that is consistently followed throughout the school which includes a Star of the Week, a Good Manners Cup, a Good Learning Behaviours Cup, and a raffle ticket reward system.
We are committed to praising children’s efforts. We endeavour to praise the children informally, individually, during group work, in front of the whole class and the whole school. Rewards are given in the form of small prizes, team points, house points and certificates. Children’s achievements are also recognised during Celebration Assemblies.
Individual Liberty :
Pupils are actively encouraged to make choices at our school, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we provide boundaries for our children to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and planned curriculum. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our e-Safety teaching.
Our school values include those of ‘respect’ and ‘responsibility’. Collective Worship is based on our school values which are central to how we expect everyone to go about their life at our school. Our good manners and behaviour are frequently commented upon during our trips into the community.
Tolerance of Those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:
This is achieved through enhancing pupils’ understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity in our local community which is by large white British. Collective Worship and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE and PSHE. We use opportunities such as Arts Week to consider “One World” and to challenge stereotypes of any kind.
A link to our PSHE curriculum which incorporates the teaching of British Values is available here.