The Government has set out its definition of British Values and the Department of Education have 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 Ellingham VC and Woodton Primary Schools the Governors and staff all promote ‘British Values’ through our spiritual, moral, social and cultural education and distinctly Christian ethos, which permeates through the school curriculum and our assemblies to support the development of the ‘whole child’. Our teaching and learning are underpinned by our own core values.
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These values are reinforced in the following way:
We aim to promote and value Democracy at Ellingham and Woodton, and be as democratic as possible. Each year the children decide upon their class charter, and the rights associated with these. All children are encouraged to contribute to the writing of the class charter. We have a School Council, where children are voted in each year. Time is given within class to discuss ideas we would like taken to the school council and then discussed at School Council meetings We regularly take votes within class to make important decisions, and try to listen and allow all children the time to voice their thoughts and wishes.
Rule of Law
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout every school day. Rule of law is discussed and promoted through whole school, and class assemblies, as well as in PSHE. We aim to teach the value and importance behind laws, and that they are there to govern and protect us, and through the use of our whole school approach. We use our bees not just for learning but also to remind children of our school rules, and the consequences if these are broken.
Within our schools, the children are actively encouraged to make choices, to be able to use their voice within a supportive and safe environment. As a school we provide boundaries for young children to make choices safely, and we educate them the importance of making safe choices through our e-safety teaching and PSHE sessions. Children are encourages to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms. Children are given choices though their learning, at the start of topics, classes can voice what they would like to learn within the theme and they have choices over whether to go to extra-curriculum clubs on offer. The School Council work alongside the children within the school to ensure we hear all voices.
Mutual Respect ia 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. During themes taught in class, and through collective worship, we regularly discuss the meaning of respect, and how we give respect and how we should receive respect.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
Woodton and Ellingham are both small rural schools situated in areas which are not greatly culturally diverse. Therefore we place emphasis on promoting diversity with children. The different classes have link schools throughout the world. Children have written letters and received responses to help them learn and understand life in other parts of the world. Our assemblies are planned to teach children about faiths and cultures around the world. Our RE and PSHE teaching helps to reinforce our children’s understanding and tolerance of other faiths and beliefs. Through our topics in class we also learn about other countries and compare the lives of others to our own.
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