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British Values

British Values

Promoting British Values at Broad Town School

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, and these values have been reiterated this year (2014). How well a school promotes such values is now an aspect of Ofsted’s inspection process.

 

At Broad town School, British values are promoted in so much of what we do such as school assemblies, Religious Education and PSHE lessons.

Being Part of Britain

As a school, we value and celebrate the diverse heritage of everybody at Broad Town School. 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, Harvest festival, Divali and many more …

Children also learn about being part of Britain from different specific perspectives. Two specific examples of when we teach about being part of Britain are:

Geographically: Our topics ensure that children have a better understanding of what Britain is, learning more about:

  • its capital cities and counties, its rivers and mountains

  • how ‘Great Britain’ differs from ‘England’ and ‘the United Kingdom’ where Britain is in relation to the rest of Europe and other countries in the world

    Historically

    Through our history curriculum the children learn about how Britain has changed over time and how it has made our country to be what it is today.

     

    Democracy

    We provide opportunities for children, parents and staff to share their views. At Broad Town School Democracy is central to how we operate.

     

    Our School Council meets regularly to discuss issues gained through pupil voice questionnaires and Class Council.

     

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  • At different times in the year, we also have a range of other forms of pupil voice e.g.

  • Eco School Committee

  • Healthy Schools Committee

  • Reflection Groups

  • Reading Buddies

  • Maths Mates

  • Sports Council

  • Playground Leaders

    Pupils are always listened to by adults and are taught to listen carefully and with concern to each other, respecting the right of every individual to have their opinions and voices heard. We encourage pupils to take ownership of not only their school but also of their own learning and progress.

     

    Rules and Laws

    The importance of rules and laws, whether they be those that govern our school or our country, are referred to and reinforced often. Assemblies at the beginning of each term, focus on School Rules.

    At the start of the school year, each class discusses and sets their own class rules that are clearly understood by all and seen to be necessary to ensure that every class member is able to learn in a safe and ordered environment.

    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.

    Our pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are taught how to exercise these safely, such as in our e-safety and PSHE lessons.

     

    Mutual Tolerance and Respect of those with Different Faiths and Beliefs

    At Broad Town Primary School, we are proud to promote and celebrate our different backgrounds and beliefs. Mutual respect is at the heart of our learning.

    Our pupils know and understand that it is expected and imperative that respect is shown to everyone, whatever differences we may have, and to everything, whether it is a school resource, a religious belief or whatever. Children learn that their behaviour choices have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community should treat each other with respect.

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