The DfE have 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.”
At Blackfield Primary School we strongly believe that our INSPIRE ethos values (Innovation, Nurture, Success, Passion, Integrity, Responsibility and Excellence) reinforce and promote these fundamental British values. They are underpinned in a number of ways in the daily life of the school and are inseparably linked to British Values.
Democracy and Rule of Law
· Children have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. We have a School Council which regularly meets to discuss issues raised in class council meetings. School Council members are elected democratically after having to explain their ideas about the role to their class.
· At the beginning of each year all children are involved in discussion around the rights and responsibilities associated with our school charter. They are taught about the UN Convention on the Rights of a Child and think about how these rights apply to them, and the responsibilities that come with them.
· Our INSPIRE ethos values are discussed every week in assembly with teachers and children highlighting the importance and showing children examples. The weekly VIP certificate is based on our values further highlighting to the children the importance of them.
· The School Council has been able to genuinely affect change within the school. Each year, the School council plays a key part in fundraising for charities and raising money for things the children have voted for within school.
· Pupils are also listened to by adults (e.g. children share this during conferencing) and are taught to listen carefully and with concern for each other, respecting the right of every individual to have their opinions and voices heard.
· Members of our School Council are always involved in interviewing potential new staff members. Indeed their questions are often harder to answer than the staff questions!
· Pupils are regularly asked questions about their learning in pupil conferencing sessions. We seek their views to improve our school.
· Children in Key Stage 2 have the opportunity to apply for positions, such as play leaders, Clean Team, Head Boy and Head Girl, Radio DJ’s and peer mentor roles for which they have some training.
· All year groups have the opportunity to apply for a place as a School Councillor.
· The curriculum also promotes the importance of the rule of law through drink, drug and SRE topics. Local police and PCSOs are invited to come and discuss a range of issues with the children.
· In Real PE lessons and sporting competitions, we promote the concept of ‘fair play’, following and developing rules, inclusion of others, and being competitive in an appropriate way.
· 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 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 lessons.
· Through constant reflection about ‘learning in the stretch zone’, our learning values of Collaboration, Independence, Spirituality, Thinking, Emotional Intelligence and Creativity encourage children to take responsibility for their learning, and to challenge themselves to make progress.
· Children are given the freedom to make choices for example through choices of learning challenge, of how they record and participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities.
· Children are encouraged to give their opinions, say what they think, and choose the learning styles appropriate for them.
· All of our children follow our six Golden Rules which contributes to a mutually respectful and consistent setting.
· There are 42 RRR articles which are expressed within a multi-cultural, international setting.
· 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 take pride in modelling manners and being courteous to each other. This is frequently commented on by visitors and when we take our children on school trips and sports events.
· Role models and heroes in our society, those who set shining examples through their attitudes and achievements, are shared in assemblies and in our curriculum themes.
· Weekly ‘Celebration Assemblies’ promote individual achievement, as well as developing respect for one another’s achievements.
Tolerance (and zero tolerance)
· At Blackfield Primary, we will actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views.
· We have a zero tolerance policy for physical and verbal abuse.
· Our Inclusion Policy and daily school activities demand that children tolerate and celebrate differences.
· Tolerance is a regular theme explored through our weekly whole school assemblies.
· Teachers act as role models to pupils. They hold clear, fair and firm expectations of pupil behaviour.
Recent Theme Examples of British Values
During October and November, School Council explored the importance of Democracy and E-Safety and led two assembies to the whole school. They also made a video which you can see at the top of the page.
Being Part of Britain
As a school, we value and celebrate the diverse cultures of our community. Alongside this, we value and celebrate being part of Britain. In general terms, this means that we celebrate traditions, such as customs in the course of the year; for example, Remembrance Day, royal events, Harvest Festival, General Elections and news items, Christmas plays and traditions.
Furthermore, children learn about being part of Britain through our curriculum. Geographically, our pupils learn about the physical and locational elements of Britain, such as its capital cities and counties, its rivers and mountains, its make-up of countries, and where Britain is in relation to the rest of Europe and other countries in the world.
Historically, children learn about different periods in history, and how our British culture and way of life has been shaped by events in the past. This also includes inventions and discoveries, invaders and settlers and conflicts which have affected the local and national way of life.
Through RE our children also learn about different faiths and religions and in some year groups are even fortunate enough to have guest speakers in.
Our governing body is involved in challenging and supporting our school in ensuring that we promote British Values. They are discussed in meetings, and referred to when making visits and reports. The academy council conducts itself in a manner which reflects British Values, with democracy and mutual respect at the heart of what it does.
All staff at Blackfield Primary School have been Prevent certified.
A key part of the government’s counter-terrorism strategy is called ‘Prevent’. The aim is to prevent radicalisation of any individual, and to positively promote what it means to be British, in order to create a cohesive society that lives out British values, whatever the origins or ethnicity of the individuals.
The Designated Safeguarding Lead has ensured that all staff have read and understood Section 1 of the Keeping Children Safe in Education updated document.
We annually hold an E-Safety day and teach E-Safety through our Integrated Learning Units to ensure children know how to be safe online.
Persistent long term absence is rigorously monitored.
Academy councillors are aware of the Channel Vulnerability Assessment Framework and recently looked at the Channel Project materials in a full meeting.
How do we do our part in both preventing radicalisation and promoting British Values?
Our values are the heart and soul of the school. They are so strongly linked the British values that we promote them each and every day through our daily practice.
We take great pride in developing our children’s Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural development.
We ensure that our safeguarding practices are kept up-to-date, and our policy and training covers the different aspects of the ‘Prevent Strategy’.
We are ensuring that our pupils are able to think critically using curriculum opportunities including small group work.
We teach about multiple religions.
Assemblies focus on interpersonal skills, which inherently promote Fundamental British Values.
We challenge and act strongly on any form of racism or prejudice, either by adults or children.
We provide strong emotional and pastoral support, and look out for individuals or groups of children or adults who may be isolated.
We have strong links with faith groups, and seek to look beyond our four walls and we have a strong community feel.