PROMOTING BRITISH VALUES
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 British Values we want everyone to display at Claines are:
Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our Pupil Parliament and through pupil conversations and questionnaires. The children have the chance to elect a representative from each class that they feel will represent their class' views. The Pupil Parliament has been involved in funding raising for those less fortunate than ourselves. We also have an Eco Council that are elected to represent classes. They have a say in how the school can look after its buildings and grounds and how all members of the school community can be more eco-friendly. The Pupil Parliament will be contributing to the improvement and development of the school.
'Within them I shall plant my law, writing it on their hearts. Then I shall be their God and they will be my people'.
The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, and the consequences when laws are broken. We also have close links with authorities such as the Police, Fire Service and Ambulance Service, and whereever possible, visits are arranged to 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 safety choices, through of provision of a safe environment and an empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and circle time. Pupils are given the freedom to make choices and encouraged to become independent leaners.
At the heart of our Gospel teachings from Jesus Christ is:
‘To love one another as I have loved you’.
This is at the core of our school and we expect all to adhere to this teaching regardless of their background, faith, or race. Everyone is treated with respect in our school. Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy has revolved around Core Values such as ‘Respect’, and pupils have been part of discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown. Another value we promote is ensuring that we focus on ‘Manners and Politeness’ towards everyone in our school.
This is achieved through enhancing pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. One of our main focuses is to celebrate ‘Differences and Uniqueness'. Through this each year group studies different cultures / faiths and has trips or speakers invited into school to deepen then understanding. For example, children in Year 5 and Year 6 visit the Islamic Exhibition Centre in Birmingham. Through our Remembrance week, we also recognise all those who fought and died in World Wars to maintain and uphold our values.