Promoting British Values at King’s Somborne C of E Primary School
The DfE 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.’ The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent strategy, and these values have been reiterated in 2014. At King’s Somborne CE Primary School these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways.
Democracy (Worship - 16.9.21)
King’s Somborne CE Primary School is a Rights Respecting School. Children are listened to and are taught to listen carefully to others. Children are taught to respect the right of individuals to have their voices and opinions heard. Each class can develop their own class charter and sign it to ensure ownership and cooperation, if there is anything that they want to add to our whole school Code of Conduct.
The views of children are heard through questionnaires, whole school Worship, in class Worship, The Wellbeing Council and in a variety of other ways. We want our children to have a say in our school. Our Wellbeing Council is set at the beginning of each year, and they then set meeting agendas with the support of our Wellbeing Team. Any member of the pupil body is then invited to attend a meeting to ensure equality of voice and opportunity for all. We are excited about this, as we want to ensure that more and more children begin to find their voice and feel that they can have a wider impact. Each house also votes for two house captains each year - these house captains then join the Wellbeing Council as additional representatives and explore other ways they can enhance the school and it's provision.
The Rule of Law (Worship - 23.9.21)
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout the school, and behaviour expectations are reinforced through class and school Worship. Pupils are taught from an early age the value of the school rules. Children are taught the value and the reason behind the rules and the laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibility this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police, Fire Service etc. are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message. Our clear and consistent Code of Conduct provides with a shared set of rules and expectations that promote a positive attitude towards ourselves and others. We take the time to invest in our children and support them in both abiding by and understanding our rules - with understanding of both rules and consequences forming a key part of our provision.
Individual Liberty (Worship - 7.10.21)
Children are expected to take responsibility for their own actions and to understand the consequence their actions might have. Children are actively encouraged to make the right choices, and the adults in the school are expected to act as positive role models. We educate and provide boundaries for children to enable them to make informed choices, through a safe and supportive environment. The understanding of rights and responsibilities are promoted through the teaching of PSHE by using our Heart Smart curriculum. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms being a Rights and Respecting School and are advised how to exercise these safely. Within the school community all pupils are given the freedom to make choices, this may be about the way they wish to present their work, involvement in home learning projects, choices about clubs and activities they wish to engage in. Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. We actively promote individuality and look at the brilliance in diversity. Our approach to education means that we want to support our children in finding their voice, and provide them with the building blocks to make positive choices that reflect their true character.
Mutual Respect (Worship - 14.10.21)
Mutual respect is a core value at King’s Somborne CE Primary School, and one that is modelled by all staff - with each and every member of our community deserving to be treated with dignity and respect. Through discussion in class and whole school Worship children learn what this means and that their behaviours have an effect on themselves and others. Additional support is provided for individual pupils, through our Emotional Literacy Support (ELSA) trained staff. This support helps to develop self-esteem and to practise strategies pupils can employ to help improve their respect of others.
All members of the school community are expected to treat each other with respect. Our Christian Value Champions are selected each week to celebrate the children that have positive shown Love, Trust, Hope or Joy.
Tolerance of Those of Different Faiths and Beliefs (Inter Faith Week - Celebrating Diversity - 15.11.21)
The school recognises its role in preparing children for life in modern Britain. This is achieved through enhancing pupils’ understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by providing opportunities to experience such diversity. Through Worship, class discussions, RE and Personal and Social education we reinforce messages of tolerance and respect. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. We actively promote celebrations of different faiths and cultures, and still act in accordance with our school charter so many years on (1842). This is a school for all children, irrespective of faith, and instead with key foundations in being there to support all learners, including the most vulnerable.
Staff regularly review the curriculum to ensure that it promotes the areas above. It also ensures that pupils are taught about key events and figures in history. Events during the year celebrate culturally diverse occasions and memorable events taking place in the country. You can see by our revitalised curriculum (September 2021) that there are key themes and learning opportunities that allow us to further explore and incorporate our British Values. These educational elements, as well as our daily approach to modelling our values help to ensure that these key positive behaviours and attitudes become instilled in all members of our community.
At King’s Somborne CE Primary School we will actively challenge children, staff or parents who express opinions that are contrary to fundamental British values including extremists views. Our school uses our values of Love, Trust, Hope and Joy as a means of promoting positive British values. There are a variety of ways in which we might do this, including:
Developing the skill base required to access and share information, make/express decisions and apply themselves to society and the world. These include the understanding and use of money, effective writing and reading skills, collaborative work, to discuss and research ideas and concepts, and gain a broad and balanced understanding of the society in which they live. Aspects of study beyond core skills include historical and geographical context of the United Kingdom, incorporating local and national evolution, as well as international comparisons.
We teach children about the similarities and differences of ways of life within the U.K and beyond.
Daily Acts of Collective Worship:
The sharing of stories, images, events, music and expectations that, with clarity and precision, promote the values expressed. Such proceedings vary in the methodology of delivery in order to secure interest and understanding and are designed to impact on children regardless of knowledge, experience or cognitive maturity. As a church school, although our collective worship is broadly Christian in character, we recognise that those attending our school may have a wide range of faiths, or none.
Gaining a greater understanding of religious diversity and practices, which cover key religions represented in the UK. We follow the Hampshire Agreed syllabus ‘Living Difference’ for RE and use the SEAL materials to enhance PSHE teaching.
Promotion of the concept of ‘fair play’, following and developing rules, inclusion, celebrating and rewarding success, being magnanimous in defeat and participation in activities that promote kinship and affiliation with others. There are opportunities for all pupils throughout their time in school, to participate in competitions and events which promote these values. All pupils participate in a range of physical and athletic activities within sports days and the Test Valley cluster schools. These take place within the school grounds, local recreation ground and at other school facilities.