Promoting British values at Gorsefield 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.”

Below are just a few examples of how Gorsefield Primary School promotes British Values.

Democracy

Every September the children decide upon their class charter and the rights associated with these. All children contribute to the drawing up of this charter.

Philosophy for children encourages children to vote on which topic they wish to discuss. Our school council elections are run in the same way as this country’s general election. The elected Councillors meet fortnightly and are given opportunities to discuss ways of improving our school and finances to create change.

Year 6 are also able to vote for team captains and vice captains. Finally children are given the opportunity to put forward their views through the completion of curriculum questionnaires.

We plan opportunities for children, parents and staff to contribute to and express their views ensuring their opinions are heard: we consult with parents about new initiative and listen to their views around issues that are concerning them. In addition we ask parents (termly) to complete a questionnaire and we values their feedback about how we run the school and their thoughts on initiatives that have run during the year. The results are collated and shared with parents via the school newsletter.

We have a team of Young Leaders: the Young Leaders apply for the post, have to prepare a speech for their fellow pupils and are voted for by their peers. The key aspect in terms of democracy is that they are the voice of their peers. They are very often asked to go back to classes and discuss issues such as homework, uniform, Snacks, Sports day and the curriculum. They bring a balanced viewpoint from their peers back to the Young leader meeting and hence the democratic process evolves. We are very proud of our Young Leaders and they are well respected amongst their peers.

This year, the entire staff, visited the school’s values. We ensure that our core values link with British Values and we will then ensure that these underpin all our work going forward,

We constantly strive to maintain an open door approachable policy with members of the SLT on the playground daily and all teachers are visible at the start and end of the day, strengthening positive relationships and encouraging discussion with our parents and carers.

The Rule of Law

At Gorsefield,we have a class contract that is created and signed by all pupils at the start of every academic year. This outlines the expected behaviour and rules of the school environment. It embeds the importance of law and abiding to it.

Pupils are taught from an early age the rules of the school; in the classroom, on the playground and in the community. Through discussion (as a whole class, in small groups and on a one to one basis) pupils are given the opportunity to understand the value and reasons behind rules and laws.

The school promotes ‘Philosophy for Children’ and social interaction through nurture groups, giving the pupils a deeper social awareness, Big Questions and skills to self-regulate.

The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout the school day, following our behaviour policy.Through the school’s behaviour policy, pupils are aware that there are responsibilities and consequences when laws are broken.  Our behaviour policy is based on positivity and conforming to the school rules. Pupils are rewarded for doing the right thing in many ways. Of course there are also sanctions in place for not following the rules just as there are in wider society.  In addition there are many ways that children are rewarded for demonstrating a positive attitude and supporting the schools values.

Our experienced team support our most vulnerable of children in making the right choices, providing care, nurture, boundaries and extra- curricular activities.

Individual Liberty

At Gorsefield, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices knowing that they are in the safe and supportive Gosefield family. As a school we educate and provide clear boundaries for our children to make choices safely, through provision of a safe environment and an enriched curriculum. Children are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised on how to exercise these safely, for example through our Online -Safety and PSHE/SMSC lessons. Our curriculum, such as Brain Builders Homework, allows children to make individual choice, whether it be through choice of a learning challenge, choice of learning style or how they record their learning:  pupils are given the freedom to make choices. Furthermore, Gorsefield provides numerous opportunities to exercise their personal freedoms and rights, for example through our active Young Leadership Team, PSHE and e-safety.

Mutual Respect

Mutual respect is at the heart of our values, we are proud to promote and celebrate our different backgrounds and beliefs.  We have a half-termly value; Autumn 1’s value is RESPECT as we believe this underpins all behaviours.

Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others; they know and understand that everyone is expected to demonstrate tolerance and mutual respect. Again there is a strong link with our behaviour policy and school values. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. Everyone in the Gorsefield family treats each other with respect and values each other’s contributions. Working cooperatively, we respect and nurture each other’s talents, ensuring strong foundations for life. At Gorsefield, we also pride ourselves on modelling the ‘Gorsefield Values’ of: Respect, resilience, teamwork, role modelling, ambition and responsibility.

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs

Gorsefield is a diverse school. Throughout our curriculum and school ethos, we celebrate different faiths and cultures.

We are committed to actively promoting our multi-cultural school family. Members of different religions are encouraged to share their beliefs, building our children’s understanding, respect and tolerance of others.

Here at Gorsefield we follow different faiths but we are all one school family.