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The promotion of British values is embedded into our curriculum and whole school ethos through:
The rule of law
Mutual respect and tolerance for those of different faiths and beliefs.
Children have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. We have a school council which meets regularly to discuss issues raised in class council meetings and is able to genuinely effect change within the school. Council members are voted in by their class peers through a democratic voting process, including campaign speeches. Children also have an annual questionnaire with which they are able to put forward their views about the school.
The principles of philosophy for children are also used across the school to enable each child in the class to share their views and opinions within a supportive environment. It supports the democratic idea of everyone having a voice and opinion to share. Parents are able to share their views through the parent council and also complete an annual questionnaire.
Within school, pupils 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 young pupils to make choices safely, through provision of a safe environment and empowering education.
Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety, PSHE lessons and philosophy for children approaches. Whether it is through choice of learning challenge, of how they record, of participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices. Parents and children also help to choose and support national and local charities and events.
The Rule of Law
The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies.
Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws/rules, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves. Through our behaviour policy they understand that actions have consequences when rules are broken and are always given the opportunity to take responsibility and make amends. Visits from authorities such as the Police, Community Wardens, Fire Service and E-Safety Officer help reinforce this message.
Mutual Respect and Tolerance for Those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
Mutual respect is at the heart of our values. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect.
We help to provide children with the skills required to access/share information, make/express decisions and apply themselves to society and the world. These include collaborative work, reading and writing skills, discussions and debates, research and share knowledge as well as gain a broad and balanced understanding of the society in which they live.
Through our curriculum, we promote fair play and competition. We encourage these values; following and developing rules, inclusion, compromise, celebrating success, being magnanimous in defeat and participating in activities that promote kinship and affiliation with others.
We place a great emphasis on promoting diversity within the school environment. Assemblies are regularly planned to address this issue either directly or through the inclusion of stories and celebrations from a variety of faiths and cultures.
Our RE and PSHE teaching reinforce this and the children within our school enjoy sharing their different religious celebrations and traditions. Children visit places of worship that are important to different faiths.
At Alwyn, we will actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views.