TEACHING BRITISH VALUES
Promoting British Values at LIPA Primary School
The Department for Education 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 by the Prime Minister. At LIPA Primary School, these values permeate through all we do, all we say and all that we are.
Democracy underpins a lot of the work we undertake with our children. Pupil voice is a crucial part of our ethos and we are proud to ensure ALL children’s voices are heard. Pupils’ views are actively sought on which aspects of their school they most enjoy and how the environment can be improved. Additionally, our Project Based Curriculum allows children to be at the forefront of their own learning to ensure that learning is based around children’s interests and ideas. As the school grows we will look to develop further ways in which pupil voice could be achieved such as School Parliament, Ambassadors and Learning Ambassadors. Children are always able to voice their opinions and we foster an environment where children are safe to disagree with each other and are supported in understanding how to do this in an appropriate way.
The Rule of Law:
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are reinforced throughout our curriculum. The school’s behaviour philosophy has at its core the principle of integrity and making the correct choices in life. Our approach is derived from the key value of keeping making the right choices and understanding the impact if a wrong choice is made. Our 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 to reinforce this message. School Rules are aspirational and children are supported in class and assemblies to fully understand these
Within school pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe, supported and nurturing environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young 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 and advised how to exercise these safely. Whether it be through choice of challenge, of how they record work, of participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices. We want children to have choices in their own learning and our Project Based Learning approach allows children, with support from teachers, plan the next steps in their learning.
Running through the heart of our school philosophy and vision is respect. This is consistently and frequently discussed with the children through circle time, assemblies, in class and times when a whole variety of groups come together. Our behaviour philosophy is based around ensuring all children respect one another and can value everyone as individuals.
Tolerance of Those of 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. Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school.