British Values are an important part of our school. We place emphasis on the need 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.
By promoting British values through SMSC, children gain the understanding and knowledge of:
- an appreciation that living under the rule of law protects individual citizens and is essential for their wellbeing and safety;
- an understanding of how citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process;
- an understanding that there is a separation of power between the executive and the judiciary, and that while some public bodies such as the police and the army can be held to account through Parliament, others such as the courts maintain independence
- an understanding that the freedom to choose and hold other faiths and beliefs is protected in law;
- an acceptance that other people having different faiths or beliefs to oneself (or having none) should be accepted and tolerated, and should not be the cause of prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour;
- and an understanding of the importance of identifying and combatting discrimination.
Our school will help all children to develop an inner discipline and will encourage children to not just ‘follow the crowd’ – they will make up their own minds and be ready to accept responsibility for what they do. They will grow through making choices and holding to the choices that they have made. It is hoped that they will want to be honest with themselves and with others. Use of restorative questioning will help children to reflect on decisions made and the impact of actions on themselves and others.
Throughout school life, we actively plan opportunities to promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and the fundamental British Values are an integral part of this. A vast majority will be delivered through cross curricular activities as well as specific PSHE, RE and Circle time activities in our weekly ‘We Believe’ allocated time. Our curriculum is one which is engaging and develops a range of skills and our ethos encompasses these values throughout school life.
We use a range of resources such as Go Givers and promote awareness days in our weekly ‘We Believe’ time and assemblies. We develop continuous provision to nurture the children in our school and offer many opportunities to promote safe discussion based around SMSC qualities and British Values (for example, Interfaith Week, Fairtrade work, Shoe Box appeal, Christmas Jumper day, carol singing at residential homes, anti-bulling week tasks, Jeans for Genes fundraising, Children in Need day are just a few examples)
Check out our SMSC and British Values Information to find out more.
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