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.”
At Easington Lane primary School these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:-
Democracy is embedded at the school. Pupils are always listened to by adults and are taught to listen carefully and with concern to each other, respecting the right of every individual to have their opinions and voices heard. Pupils also have the opportunity to air their opinions and ideas through our School Council, and regular questionnaires. The elections of the School Council members are based solely on pupil votes, reflecting our British electoral system and demonstrating democracy in action.
The Rule of Law:
The importance of laws whether they are those that govern the class, the school or the country, are consistently reinforced. Our school has rules, which are embedded in our work every day. Each class also discusses and sets its own rules that are clearly understood by all and seen to be necessary to ensure that every class member is able to learn in a safe and ordered environment. Our pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws. They understand that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws or rules are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service help reinforce this message.
Within school, children are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive setting. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for all our children to make safe choices, through the provision of a safe learning environment and an empowering curriculum.
Children are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and independence and how to use them safely eg E-safety work in a school and SMSC lessons. Within lessons themselves children are given choices and learning challenges such as how to record, participate, present and share their work in class or with the whole school. Children are also given a freedom of choice to access numerous extra curriculum clubs and opportunities after school.
Part of our school ethos for both adults and children, revolves around kindness towards others and respecting others views and opinions at all times in our daily school life.
Our Single Equality Scheme outlines in detail the expectations from our school community, linked to the significant characteristics within our society so that our children are very clear that everyone deserves to be treated with the highest respect and zero tolerance of any ‘bullying’ of any kind.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:
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 through the RE and SMSC curriculum, visits to different places of worship and visitors from different faith backgrounds.
Assemblies are regularly planned to discuss these issues with the children and include storytelling and celebrations from a variety of faiths and cultures.
Work through our Single Equality Scheme details the expectations for our whole school community in the tolerance of those from different faiths and beliefs. At Easington Lane Primary school we strive to actively challenge children, staff and parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values.