Promoting British Values
At Blair Peach Primary School promoting British Values is part of our broad and balanced whole school curriculum and SMSC. It is central to the school’s ethos and values and we believe our values work develops the whole child, promotes emotional well-being and creates well rounded citizens.
We have identified core values to underpin all that we do. We expect all pupils, parents, staff and governors to adhere to these:
Our school values aim to equip pupils with the knowledge, skills and attitudes they need to grow up and develop as citizens of our diverse community and country. Our values also provide a basis for engaging children with British values, which have been by the government as ‘democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.’
We aim to develop pupils’ engagement with British values in an inclusive way. Our school is enriched by the diversity of different faiths and we want pupils to explore and appreciate the beliefs and values of different religions, and how these core values are shared by different traditions.
At Blair Peach Primary School British Values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Blair Peach Primary is a UNICEF Rights Respecting School. Each year the children decide upon their class charter and the rights associated with these. All the children contribute to the drawing up of the charter. Children have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. We have an elected school council which meets regularly to discuss issues raised by pupils in class. The council has access to a budget and is able to genuinely effect change within the school. The council members for each year group are voted in by their class. Children have an annual questionnaire with which they are able to put forward their views about the school. Children are taught about the United Nations Conventions on the Rights of the Child and learn to respect their rights and the rights of others
The Rule of Law:
We have high expectations about pupil conduct and this is reflected in our Behaviour Policy. Every class discusses at the beginning of a new term the importance of rules and how this is the structure which keeps them safe, happy and learning within school. Each class devises its own set of rules which reinforce the golden rules which are the core of our Behaviour Policy. Our Behaviour Policy is clear and used consistently throughout the school. The reasoning behind having a set of rules or ‘laws’ is reinforced through PSHE, circle time and whole school assemblies. Where possible links are made with the laws we all have to abide by in society. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws and that they govern and protect us. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service help reinforce this message. Children are taught about the United Nations Conventions on the Rights of the Child and learn to respect their rights and the rights of others.
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 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. They are advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety, PSHE lessons, visits form NSPCC and through speaking and listening activities such as debates. Children are taught about the United Nations Conventions on the Rights of the Child and learn to respect their rights and the rights of others.
As a Rights Respecting School mutual respect is at the heart of our core values. We have high expectations about pupil conduct and this is reflected in our Behaviour Policy and our Equality Policy. We view each other as individuals and our ethos, which is to be kind, to speak well to each other, to empathise and support, promotes the value of mutual respect. Through our school’s values, SEAL scheme, PSHE and circle time children are taught to respect each other, to be cooperative and collaborative, be supportive and to look for similarities while being understanding of differences. The SEAL theme of ‘Getting on and Falling Out’ explores these issues well. Children are taught about the United Nations Conventions on the Rights of the Child and learn to respect their rights and the rights of others
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
Blair Peach Primary is situated in an area which is culturally rich and diverse; therefore we place great emphasis on celebrating diversity with the children. This is achieved through enhancing pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society. Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs is promoted through the Syllabus for Religious Education. Children learn about different religions, their beliefs, places of worship and festivals. The children’s work on this subject or whole school learning in assemblies is often displayed in the classrooms or around the school. This is supplemented by assemblies (Key Stage and whole school), which also mark and celebrate significant religious festivals such as Ramadan and Diwali. Children visit places of worship that are important to different faiths. Children are taught about the United Nations Conventions on the Rights of the Child and learn to respect their rights and the rights of others
At Blair Peach Primary we will actively challenge pupils, staff, parents, expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values.