The DfE have stated 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.’
Christ Church C of E Primary School is committed to serving the community of Stonegravels, its parish and surrounding areas. At Christ Church Primary School we recognise the multi-cultural, multi- faith and ever changing nature of the United Kingdom. We consider the British Values to be essential to our everyday lives so that the young people in our care grow up to be well-rounded, responsible, considerate and caring human beings. We promote them as part of our duty as educators to encourage free-thinking and reasoned decision making, whilst engendering tolerance and understanding amongst everyone in our school community. The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values have been reiterated by the Prime Minister this year. At Christ Church these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Democracy is common within the school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our active assemblies and Pupil Questionnaires. Our Christian Values Ambassadors are democratically elected to lead- and improve- the school. Common questions about the school and fairness are regularly discussed in our P. S. H. E lessons each week.
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 each school day. Our Learners’ Code deals with behaving in a mature and responsible manner with additional rewards on offer to those pupils who show community spirit and behaviour that shows they are considerate to all. 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 help reinforce this message.
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, responsibilities and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and P.S.H.E. lessons. Our Learners’ Code provides an excellent framework through which pupils can assess their behaviours and attitudes towards ‘everyday school life’ and be shown role models within their class and key stage. The way in which Learners’ Code is managed allows certain pupils more individual privileges, and those that break our shared code, time to reflect on the impact of their action on their learning and that of their peers.
Respect for one another is underpinned by our collective Christian Values. Teachers welcome children daily into the school and begin every day by greeting all pupils with ‘Good Morning’. This sets the tone of mutual respect throughout school, across the whole day. Peer-marking and evaluation of one others’ learning in relation to success criteria are all ways in which this is reinforced as part of everyday practice. Our behaviour policy is worn on the wrists of every pupil- and member of staff in the school- showing that we all follow the same rules.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
Christ Church Primary School is situated in an area which is not particularly culturally diverse, therefore we place a great emphasis on promoting diversity with the children. Assemblies in both the infants and juniors 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 R.E., P.S.H.E., curriculum coverage and teaching reinforce this. Whenever appropriate, this is extended through partnership with different community groups and various places of worship.
At Christ Church C of E Primary School we will actively challenge pupils, parents, governors or staff who express opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ or discriminatory views. Should you feel the school is not meeting this requirement, you should contact the school office and request to express your concerns to the Head Teacher.
BRITISH VALUES DAYS
In the final term of Year 4 and throughout their time in Year 5, all pupils experience a series of British Values experience days at one of our local secondary schools, Whittington Green School.
On these days, working alongside children from other local Primary Schools, the children explore each value and what it means for them in their lives in Chesterfield today. They also get the opportunity to undertake team-building and confidence boosting experiences with the teaching team at Whittington Green, and always thoroughly enjoy their time at a secondary school.