Promoting British Values at Lambourn C of E Primary School
The DfE have 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 by the Prime Minister. At Lambourn C of E Primary School these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Democracy is part of our everyday life within the school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our ‘School Council’ program where pupils are voted to represent their class. Class discussions are facilitated around topics and an agenda that children themselves set. In addition to this we regularly survey our pupils and ask them to share their opinions and thoughts. Through pupil voice and school council we have improved many aspects of our school. Children are always able to voice their opinions and we foster an environment where children are safe to disagree with each other.
The Rule of Law:
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 - the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as local PCSO’s, Police; Fire Service, Local Councillors, MP’s, etc. are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message.
Within school pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. Choices are taught alongside rights and responsibilities. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make choices safely; through the provision of a safe environment and 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 PSHE lessons. Whether it be through choice of challenge, of how they record, of participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.
Our school ethos and behaviour policy revolves around our key value of ‘Respect’. Pupils have been part of discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown. The school promotes respect for others and this is reiterated through our classroom and learning rules, as well as our behaviour policy. The word respect and all it encompasses is reiterated at every opportunity.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:
At Lambourn we are fortunate enough to have a mix of cultures, races and languages. Tolerance is achieved through enhancing pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE and PSHE. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school as are trips to a variety of religious institutions and participating in culturally diverse activities.