Embedding British Values

Introduction:

The curriculum at Tenterfields Primary School actively promotes fundamental British values. These are closely linked and integrated into our SMSC, our commitment to Rights of the child through RRSA and our SEAL approach to learning as well as the PSHE and Citizenship strands that are embedded throughout all areas of our curriculum.

Tenterfields is committed to placing the Convention on the Rights of the Child at the heart of its ethos and values, and we aim to teach children about their rights and help them understand about how rights can differ throughout the world.

Through the promotion of British values, we believe children have the right to reach their full potential, in line with their right to an education sited in Article 28 of the UNCRC.

Defining "British Values":

To “actively promote …’ means that at Tenterfields Primary we:

  • Focus on effectively securing these values
  • Challenge pupils, staff or parents who express opinions contrary to British values

Democracy is planned for in order to:

  • Provide pupils with a broad general knowledge of, and promote respect for, public institutions and services
  • Teach pupils how they can influence decision-making through the democratic process
  • Include information on the advantages and disadvantages of democracy and how it works in Britain
  • Encourage pupils to become involved in decision-making processes and ensure they are listened to in school
  • Visit the local council and Parliament
  • Support pupils in their learning of how to argue and defend points of view
  • Help pupils to express their views
  • Teach pupils how public services operate and how they are held to account
  • Model how perceived injustice can be peacefully challenged

The Rule of law as defined within “British Values” is integrated throughout our current practice to:

  • Ensure school rules and expectations are clear and fair
  • Help pupils to distinguish right from wrong
  • Help pupils to respect the law and the basis on which it is made
  • Help pupils to understand that living under the rule of law protects individuals
  • Include visits from the police in the curriculum
  • Teach pupils aspects of both civil and criminal law and discuss how this might differ from some religious laws
  • Develop restorative justice approaches to resolve conflicts

Individual liberty is facilitated for our children at Tenterfields by:

  • Supporting pupils to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Encouraging pupils to take responsibility for their behaviour, as well as knowing their rights as a child
  • Modelling freedom of speech through pupil participation, while ensuring protection of vulnerable pupils and promoting critical analysis of evidence
  • Challenging stereotypes
  • Implementing a strong anti-bullying culture
  • Following the UNICEF rights respecting schools agenda

Respect and tolerance at Tenterfields is emphasised by:

  • Promoting respect for individual differences (and celebrating diversity)
  • Helping pupils to acquire an understanding of, and respect for, their own and other cultures and ways of life
  • Challenging prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour
  • Organising visits to places of worship
  • Developing links with faith communities
  • Developing critical personal thinking skills
  • Discussing differences between people, such as differences of faith, ethnicity, disability, gender and gender related differences and diversity within family situations, such as looked-after children or young carers

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