Teaching and promoting British values at Stutton CoE School
The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values have been reiterated by Ministers ever since. At Stutton CoE Primary School, these values are carefully promoted through our assemblies, our curriculum and are woven into the ethos of our school.
Children, parents and staff have many opportunities for their voices to be heard at Stutton Primary School.
Throughout their time at Stutton there will be many occasions where children will have the opportunity to vote and for their voices to be heard. We understand that the children's opinions about their school are valid and need to be at the heart of our decision making.
All staff will model this process through asking questions and inviting children's answers and opinions, whether it be in lessons, during assemblies, at lunchtime or on the playground. Pupils are always listened to by adults and are taught to listen carefully and with concern to each other, respecting the right of every individual to have their opinions and voices heard.
We encourage pupils to take ownership of not only their school but also of their own learning and progress. This encourages a heightened sense of both personal and social responsibility and is demonstrated on a daily basis by our pupils. Our School Council has members elected from each class and have regular meetings to represent the views of their classmates. Our school behaviour policy is clear that children are expected to contribute and co-operate, taking into account the views of others.
Parents’ opinions are welcomed at Stutton and termly ‘Parent Forum’ meetings give opportunities for opinions to be shared in an informal setting.
We consistently reinforce our high expectations of children. Children are taught the value and reasons behind our expectations that they are there to protect us, that everyone has a responsibility and that there are consequences when rules are broken. They recognise that whilst we have rules at school, other rules and laws exist in the country for the same reasons.
At the start of the school year, each class discusses the school rules and class routines, principles that are clearly understood by all and seen to be necessary to ensure that every class member is able to learn in a safe and orderly environment. These are then displayed in the class and referred to as necessary.
Children are helped to learn to manage their behaviour and take responsibility for their actions. We help children to understand the connection between actions and consequences; rights and responsibilities. These values are reinforced in different ways:
Visits from authorities such as the police and fire service
During Religious Education lessons and assemblies, when rules for particular faiths are thought about and discussed
During other school subjects, where there is respect and appreciation for different rules – in sports lessons for example
Within school, children are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school, we educate and provide boundaries for our children to make choices safely, through our provision of a safe environment and engaging teaching. Children are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms, whilst recognising that they have various responsibilities to fulfil.
We support each child to become as independent as possible so that they are encouraged to become good and valued citizens. We endeavour to demonstrate that everyone has rights; this includes the right to say ‘No’ when appropriate.
Learning to do things independently is an important part of learning to understand yourself. We believe that in fostering a careful and helpful environment and encouraging independence we can boost and nurture a healthy self-esteem.
Respect is one of our school values, all members of our school community treat each other with respect. Children learn that their behaviour has an effect on their own rights and those of others. Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy has revolved around core values such as ‘Respect’, and children model this by caring, sharing and listening to others. Our staff help children to understand how to respect by talking about how actions/words can affect others.
We support others in our wider community in a variety of ways for example: singing songs and carols to others; collecting Harvest goods for the homeless or less fortunate, as well as participating in national charitable events such as Children in Need, Comic Relief and fundraising for local charities.
Specific examples of how we at Stutton CoE Primary School enhance pupils’ understanding and respect for different cultures, faiths and beliefs are:
Through Religious Education, PSHE and other lessons where we develop awareness and appreciation of other cultures
In English through fiction and in art and music by considering cultures from other parts of the world.
Celebrating cultural differences through assemblies, themed weeks, noticeboards and displays, and the raising of flags on days of national celebration.
Whilst instances contrary to our values are relatively rare, no school can guarantee that there will never be an incident contrary to our values. Each is treated seriously in line with our policies and expectations.
Through our school values we aim to enhance children’s tolerance, empathy and understanding of all 'differences' not just different faiths and beliefs, all children are taught to respect everyone regardless of their faith, beliefs participating in a range of celebrations throughout the year.
In the curriculum through Religious Education, PSHE, English, Art, geography and history, as well as our Assembly themes, children consider cultures from other parts of the world, different faiths and beliefs. We invite visitors from our community to share their knowledge and to enhance learning both within classes and for the whole school or we visit local places of worship.