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PROMOTING BRITISH VALUES AT LUTTONS CP 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.”

The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values have been reiterated this year (2014). 

At Luttons, we actively promote British values.

 

Democracy

Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council. The elections of school councillors, as well as the winner of the footballer of the week, are based solely on pupil votes. Our school rewards policy involves celebrating each week the house team with the most team points. We encourage pupils to become involved in decision-making processes and ensure they are listened to in school.

Rule of law

The importance of rules, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind 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, Fire Service etc. are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message. We ensure school rules and expectations are clear and fair, they were agreed and developed by all stakeholders. We help pupils to distinguish right from wrong and encourage them to make the right choices.

 

Individual Liberty:                                                                                                                                                                            

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 young pupils to make choices safely, through provision of a safe environment.  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 and PSHE lessons. We implement a strong anti-bullying culture.

 

Mutual Respect:                                                                                                                                                                     

Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy has revolved around our values such as respect, tolerance, friendship and forgiveness. Pupils are part of discussions and assemblies based on these themes each half term. All members of the school community treat each other with respect. Displays around the school promote respect for others and this is reiterated through our classroom and learning rules, as well as our behaviour policy. Milosz the Empathy Doll was introduced into school at the beginning of this year fostering empathy and kindness within foundation stage children.  Children are encouraged to care for Milosz whilst he is at school and include him in their play. The 'Feelings Board' in the story area, which is a 'bullseye' board where the children can place their laminated faces on the board to say whether they are happy, okay, or sad.  We access this board before lunch and children have the opportunity to talk to the group about how they are feeling.  The children are also given the opportunity to suggest ways in which they could 'cheer up' any friends who are sad and indeed, they can discuss any conflicts within the group reinforcing mutual respect and kindness. 

 

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 and PSHE. We promote respect for individual differences and the children are very respectful and tolerant of those with different needs.

 

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