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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.” The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy.

At Lightwoods Primary these values are reinforced regularly and in a variety of ways across the curriculum and through activities and events. The following are examples of how these are actively promoted:

Democracy:

At Lightwoods, pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our regular School Council meetings.

We meet in mixed age groups to discuss issues and to suggest ways to improve the life of the school, for example playground activities, clubs, etc. We teach how public services operate.  The curriculum includes the advantages and disadvantages of democracy. We teach pupils how they can influence decision making and we give them opportunities to do so by voting for roles of responsibility in the School Council and class.

Examples:

Whole School   School Council elections and house captains, Making team decisions; having an important role in a team.

Year 1   Golden time – earning rewards by working as a team through hard work, good behaviour and focus. Science experiment growing plants.  Making team decisions on what equipment to buy to set up a science experiment and working as a team to see a project to a successful end.

RE   Belonging to groups, faiths and clubs.
Year 2   Penguins debate – is it fair to keep animals in a zoo?
Year 3   Star of the Week – pupils choice.
Year 4   Writing to our local MP.
Year 5   Electing house vice captains, KWL grids at the beginning of a topic to determine what children want to learn about.
Year 6   Vote for Pupil of the Week and Learner of the Week

The Rule of Law:

The importance of Laws, 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; 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 are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message. We have a School code of conduct built around our values. Children are involved in the creation of class rules and are encouraged to distinguish between right and wrong. We encourage children to understand that we need rules to help us and keep us safe.

Examples:

Whole School   School code of conduct, class rules, assemblies, visitors to the school.
Year 1   RE - Learning about Sikhism.  Learning the commandments of Sikhism and thinking of our own rules to follow.
Year 2   Great Fire of London and Guy Fawkes

Year 3   Class rules and routines. PSHE – create new school rules
Year 4   RE – What matters most?  Exploring right and wrong with Christians and Humanists.
Year 5   Class charter established, crime and punishment through history topic.
Year 6   House point captains, learning buddy applications.

Individual Liberty:

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 the 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 and PSHE lessons. Whether it is through choice of challenge within learning, participation in extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices. We aim to develop self-esteem, self-confidence and self-knowledge. Pupils understand they have a responsibility for their behaviour and that they model freedom of speech through participation. Our curriculum challenges stereotypes and we are a school that respects the rights of individuals.

Examples:

Whole School   E-safety, assemblies, theme days
Year 1   Child pedestrian training – staying safe on the roads. Healthy eating – making the right choices to support a healthy lifestyle.
Year 2   Florence Nightingale/Mary Seacole.
Year 3   Residential visits – working as a team.
Year 4   Deforestation debate – personal convictions and persuasive writing.
Year 5   Computing E-safety through blogging.  Class charter established at the beginning of the year.
Year 6   Independent research projects.

Mutual Respect and Tolerance:

Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy revolves around core values such as ‘Respect’, and pupils have been part of discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown.

Our School code of conduct embodies our belief in mutual respect.  We encourage respect for differences and have links with faith communities. We encourage personal thinking skills and discuss the differences between people, faith, ethnicity, disability and gender.

Examples:

Whole School   House names – equality, forgiveness, kindness, truth and respect.  These are vertically grouped with families through the school.
Year 1   RE – Learning about different faiths and beliefs. Who am I?  Researching our own history and sharing this with our peers.
Year 2   Forest School team activities.
Year 3   RE – Understanding other cultures and beliefs.
Year 4   Respectful town project work – PHSE/RE theme.  Local area study – celebrating local differences.
Year 5   Discussions and debates in RE around the importance of prayer.  Evolution and inheritance in Science topic.
Year 6   Projects linked to different religions linked through RE topic.