Happy Children Loving Learning (Proverbs 8)
In November 2014, The Department for Education published guidance on promoting British values in schools to ensure young people leave school prepared for life in modern Britain. These values were first set out by the government in the ‘Prevent’ strategy in 2011.
Promoting Fundamental British Values
In accordance with The Department for Education we aim to actively promote British values in schools to ensure young people leave school prepared for life in modern Britain. Pupils are encouraged to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance and understand that while different people may hold different views about what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, all people living in England are subject to its law.
The Values are:
Our children decided upon our school rules; and each year the children decide on their class rules and the rights and responsibilities associated with these.
We have a School Council which meets at least once a term with the Head teacher.
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced at Pocklington Infants school.
Pupils are taught from an early age the rules of the school, reflected in our behaviour policy and in our class rules, and playground rules. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind rules and laws; that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves, and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as Road safety office, Lollipop lady and Police help to reinforce these.
At our school children 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 children to make informed choices, through a safe environment and an empowering education. Children are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and they are advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our eSafety and PSHE &C lessons.
Mutual respect is at the heart of our values. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect.
We believe diversity is a strength. We actively promote diversity through our celebration of different faiths and cultures. Religious Education lessons and PSHE &C lessons reinforce messages of tolerance and respect for others. Members of different faiths and religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. The children visit places of worship that are important to different faiths.
We use picture news to help promote British Values in school. Picture news is a weekly resource that exposes pupils to a range of current issues including policitcal, religious, cultural, environmental, social, moral, and spiritual. Picture news makes British Values relevant and meaningful and develops the links between personal, school and community values.
Each week we introduce picture news in a whole school assembly, depending on the topic teachers will follow up using the classroom resources.