The Department for Education in November 2014 published guidance on promoting British values in schools to ensure young people leave school prepared for life in modern Britain.
All schools have a duty to ‘actively 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. These values were first set out by the government in the ‘Prevent’ strategy in 2011.
At Cherry Burton Primary School we strive to ensure these values are embedded in school and reinforced regularly. These values are not mutually exclusive to the Christian values and ethos we encourage and nurture as a church school, exemplified in our school vision and aims. http://www.cherryburtonprimary.co.uk/our-school-vision-and-aims/
In the following ways Cherry Burton School aims to:
“Create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation 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 school council at Cherry Burton plays an active part in the school community. Children have an understanding of their responsibility and opportunities to make school life better. Every child a boy and girl from each class (Year 1 upwards) on the school council is voted in by their class. The council meet regularly with the head/deputy head teacher to raise issues and have the opportunity to have their voices heard. Children have been instrumental in improving the quality of playtimes with their plans to improve play through rules and equipment and resources. The school council members feedback to their class and actively seek class views which are discussed at meetings.
Similarly our elected junior road safety officers have been pioneers in improving safer and healthier travel to school.
Pupil voice is an integral part of our learning processes. For example pupil interviews with governors have provided the opportunity to assess and develop the excellence and enjoyment of the curriculum. Our children regularly have the opportunity to engage in the process of debate. (e.g. RE Freedom Fighters Topic- the abolition of eighteenth century slavery).
Within our curriculum provision our children are taught about and encouraged to respect public institutions and services. As a church school we have strong links and respect for the church as an institution. http://www.cherryburtonprimary.co.uk/stmichael-and-all-angels-church-links/. The understanding and respect of the institution of marriage is explored in both KS1 and KS2 RE curriculum. The school supports the poppy appeal and armed forces by having a sewing club that makes felt poppies to sell and has demonstrated respect by making a wreath to be displayed in the school church.
The Rule of Law
At Cherry Burton Primary School the importance of laws are held in high regard both those that govern classroom and school life or the country. Children’s experience of being part of a school community means they learn to live by guidelines and rules that make for safe and fulfilling relationships for all. These are summarised in the school golden rules. The children at are all included in the decision making process that takes place in each class to draw up the class rules/charter that will enable their class to work together effectively. The children are taught the values and reasons behind school rules, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when rules are broken. Our ‘stop, look and listen’ slogan reminds children to be kind, polite and respectful to all members of the school community.
Our foundations as a church school children develop their understanding of the role of rules to govern society through the learning about the Ten Commandments and the five pillars of Islam as part of the RE curriculum. Throughout the year we welcome visits from members of the wider community including police, for example the ‘Lifestyle project’.
The first statement of our school aims based on the acronym BELIEVE is to expect and enable every child to believe they can do their best. All at Cherry Burton work to create a positive culture in our school, so that children are in a safe environment where choices and freedoms are encouraged. Within lessons learning is personalised according to our children’s needs and abilities. They understand they may have to take appropriate risk and may have to congratulate and be proud of a more successful peer on some occasions. Individual success is acknowledged in our weekly celebration assemblies.
The school does not tolerate bullying (including cyber bullying) and we follow a strict and robust anti-bullying culture. All staff use firm but fair behaviour strategies and the Behaviour Policy is regularly reviewed and updated. This allows our children to feel safe and secure at school.
Through our E-Safety, RE and PSHCE and Collective Worship, we educate children on their rights and personal freedoms as well as supporting them in recognising how to exercise these freedoms safely.
Mutual Respect and Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
The school ethos embraces mutual respect and children are actively taught that their behaviours can affect their own rights and those of others. It is understood across the entire school community that all members treat each other respectfully. Our School Aims specifically state the aim ‘to promote pupils to develop respect for others and their beliefs and cultures.’ The RE curriculum makes provision for children to understand and respect those of different faiths and beliefs.
As a church school we regularly visit our local village church to hold school services at Christmas, Easter and Harvest. We are lucky to welcome a variety of visitors from a range of communities and organisations into school. The school has a link with a school in Kenya. http://www.cherryburtonprimary.co.uk/esthers-school-kenya-links/
All children in school actively become involved supporting a variety of charities throughout the school year. For example Children in Need, Sports/Comic Relief and MacMillan.