Promoting British Values at Leigh Primary School
The Department for Education 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.” Our commitment to promoting these values was recognised in our OFSTED Inspection Report (October 2014) which stated:
Pupils are prepared well for life in modern Britain through the school’s work about democratic institutions and different religions and cultures. The school strongly promotes pupils spiritual, moral, social and cultural development as demonstrated by a recent Key Stage 2 visit to Belgium where pupils learnt about sacrifice and paid their respects to soldiers who fought during the First World War.
At Leigh Primary School these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
We have a School Council which meets regularly to discuss issues raised. The council is genuinely able to effect change within the school. Every child on the school council is voted in by their class as are our House Captains. Children also have an annual survey where they are able to put forward their views about the school which is taken seriously and acted upon as well as two Pupil Conferences a year which require the children to work together in groups to formulate certain aspects of the School Development Plan. Democracy is taught throughout PSHE and within class topics.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws, whether they are those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced at Leigh Primary School. Pupils are taught from Reception the rules of the school. These are our School Rules, Playground Rules and Class Rules. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind rules and laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Rules are also discussed within School Council meetings and with the School Prefects and House Captains. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service help reinforce this message. We also have yearly visits from Magistrates in the Community who cover the basics of the legal system and the rule of law.
At Leigh Primary 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 informed choices, through a safe environment and an 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 and Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) lessons and workshops. There is a Good Citizen Award which is given out every Friday in our Celebration Assembly for a pupil who has demonstrated an outstanding example to others through their behaviour towards others. We also have a House Points system with a cup which is awarded every week during our Celebration Assembly. The house points promote team work with all children, regardless of any differences, and encourage them to work together and participate fully in order to achieve the best outcome for their houses.
Mutual respect is at the heart of our values. Children learn that their behaviour has an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect. A weekly assembly theme is chosen and all PSHE sessions and assemblies for that week are linked to this theme.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
At Leigh Primary School we actively promote diversity through our celebrations of different faiths and cultures. Religious Education lessons and PSHE lessons reinforce messages of tolerance and respect for others. Members of different faiths and religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school.
For further detail regarding how British Values is promoted at Leigh Primary School please follow the link to our British Values Policy and Audit below.