Inclusion & Equality
Promoting British Values at St Botolph’s CE Primary School
The Department for Education state that there is a 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 were reiterated by the Prime Minister in 2014. At St Botolph’s CE Primary School these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways.
These values are taught explicitly through Personal, Social, Health and Emotional (PSHE), and Religious Education (RE). We teach British Values through a broad and balanced curriculum including regular lessons in Key Stage Two specifically about Rights and Responsibilities. Our strong Christian identity is an ever-present guiding factor in the way children at our school learn to think of others and the world. Teachings from the Bible are made relevant to the values we still hold today in our daily acts of Collective Worship.
The school takes opportunities to actively promote British Values through whole school systems and structures such as electing and running a successful School and Eco Councils. Actively promoting British Values also means challenging opinions that are contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views.
At St Botolph’s CE Primary School we uphold and teach pupils about the British Values which are defined as:
- Rule of Law
- Individual Liberty
- Mutual Respect
- Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
Democracy is an important value at our school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through a range of pupil-led councils. These councils are formed by democratic processes such as election or application. Our School Council has recently gained the Speakers’ Award by democratically working with other pupils to pursue a whole-school improvement. Our Collective Worship committee also underwent a process of consultation to develop an outside prayer area.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws and rules, whether they are those that govern the class, the school or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days. Our ‘It’s Great to be Good’ behaviour system is shared and understood by all pupils and staff so that our expectations are clear at all times. 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 the police and fire service 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. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for our pupils to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment, a planned curriculum and an empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our e-safety teaching and PSHE lessons. Pupils are given the freedom to make choices, e.g. signing up for extra-curricular clubs, choose the level of challenge in some lessons and are becoming increasingly more involved in child-led learning
Respect is a core value of our school. This can be seen and felt in our pervading Christian ethos in school. The pupils know and understand that it is expected and imperative that respect is shown to everyone, whatever differences we may have and to everything, however big or small. The core value of respect at St Botolph’s CE Primary School underpins our work every day both in and out of the classroom. Children and adults alike are challenged if they are disrespectful in any way.
Tolerance of Those with Different Faiths and Beliefs
This is achieved through enhancing pupils’ understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity in our local community. Collective acts of Worship and discussions involving prejudices and prejudiced-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE and PSHE. In RE, our curriculum introduces the children to other major faiths and we have trips to places of worship to enhance their understanding. Part of this is the study of religious festivals such as Diwali. Additionally, we use opportunities such as the Olympics and World Cup to study and learn about life and culture in countries who participate.