Promoting British Values at Carrwood 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.’
Democracy is embedded within the school. Children have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council, pupil questionnaires and regular ‘pupil voice’ events. The elections of Team Captains and Vice Captains, the School Council and various other roles in school are based on the children’s votes. Our school behaviour policy involves rewards which the children vote on as a class group.
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 the regular school day, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. Children are taught the value and reasons behind laws or rules, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Services are regular parts of our school calendar and help reinforce this message.
Within school, children are actively encourages to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school whether it is 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.
Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy has revolved around values such as respect and inclusion. Children have been part of discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown. This is reiterated through our classroom and school rules, as well as our behaviour policy.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:
Carrwood is a diverse school. We actively promote diversity through our celebrations of different faiths and cultures. This is achieved through enhancing children’s understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Religious Education lessons and PSHE lessons reinforce messages of tolerance and respect for others. Members of different faiths and religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. The children visit places of worship that are important to different faiths. At Carrwood Primary we will actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British values, including extremist views.