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British Values at BCPA

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What are British Values?

In 2014 the Government published a document that emphasised the importance of teaching fundamental British Values in schools:

  • Democracy
  • The Rule of Law
  • Individual Liberty
  • Tolerance & Respect

How do we promote 'British Values' at our school?

British Values have always been promoted at our school, through assemblies, Religious Education, topic work, our curriculum and PHSE sessions.

Throughout the year, we have a number of dedicated British Values days where children throughout the school learn about each of the values. In 2017-18, our dates will be:

  • 25th September 2017: Democracy
  • 16th October 2017: Rule of Law
  • 30th April 2018: Individual Liberty
  • 25th June 2018: Tolerance & Mutual Respect

 

We seek to promote British Values in our policies and practice here at our school. Our activities and the way we manage learning and behaviour, clearly reflect British Values. We promote these values in the following ways:

Democracy

There are many opportunities for all members of our school community to have their voices heard:

  • Children have the opportunity to become members of the School Council Children in classthrough an election process. The School Council meet on a regular basis and members can bring issues for discussion that have been raised by their class peers.
  • The annual 'Pupil Questionnaire'  allows children to express opinions about their school. These views are analysed by the School Council who then decide what actions, if any, they want to take to improve the school.
  • Our open door policy ensures parents can have easy access to office staff, class teachers and members of the Leadership Team.
  • Our Parent Forum  meets each term and provides parents with a slightly more formal way of giving feedback to the school about a range of issues. Each year group is represented on the forum.
  • Our Governing Body has a number of Parent Governors.
  • Our staff team meets every week after school to discuss all aspects of school life. This meeting provides a perfect opportunity for feedback to the Leadership Team.

The Rule of Law

  • Children 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. We have visits from local Police officers and also the Fire service to reinforce their understanding.
  • We ensure that school rules and expectations are clear and fair. The class rules, agreed with the children at the start of each year, are an example of this. The children spend time talking about what the rules should be, why they need to have certain rules and also understanding the implications of breaking the rules.
  • We help pupils to distinguish right from wrong e.g. during everyday interactions and discussions of stories, fables and other literary materials.
  • During Religious Education the children learn about other faith and belief systems and consider the rules that govern those. Other school subjects provide opportunities for children to appreciate and understand the importance of rules - in a PE lesson for example.

Individual Liberty

  • Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. We promote freedom of choice and the right to respectfully express views and beliefs.
  • Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised to exercise these safely, for example through our Anti-Bullying, E-safety and PSHE lessons.
  • The children in Y3 visit Skillzone each year where they spend the day learning about personal safety. This includes making sensible choices and keeping safe in a variety of situations.
  • We support pupils to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence through all areas of teaching and learning in school.
  • Stereotypes in school are challenged.
  • Children are encouraged to take responsibility for their behaviour, as well as knowing their rights.

Respect & Tolerance

  • We aim to develop an understanding in every pupil of respect for a wide range of religious values, languages and cultural traditions and different ways of life.
  • Our pupils understand that it is expected that respect is shown to everyone, irrespective of whatever differences they may have. Children learn that their behaviour choices have an effect on their own rights and those of others.
  • We will always challenge prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour e.g. through discussions as well as our approach to behaviour in school.
  • We hold numerous fund-raising events throughout the year to support a variety of charities that have touched some of our children and their families. This raises awareness of the charity, its work and the people it supports, among the children. 
  • The curriculum is used to maximum effect to enhance pupil's understanding and respect for their own, and other, faiths and beliefs. 

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