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.
Inspire Challenge Nurture
These values are reinforced in the following way:
Our children have the opportunity to understand the democratic process through electing representatives from each class to the School Council and through the elections held for the Eco committee at Ellingham VC Primary. Meetings provide a way for the children’s voice to be heard and through an annual questionnaire at both schools, and through the elections held for the Eco committee at Ellingham VC Primary.
Rule of Law
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced. This is done through our expectations of the children through reference to our school rules. Each class makes their own set of rules and as a community we celebrate and promote positive behaviour around the school and in assemblies. Rewards for good behaviour and work are reaffirmed through The Busy Bee achievement awards.
Within our schools, the children are encouraged to make choices knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. The children are encouraged to take responsibility for their behaviour and our staff reinforces the importance of making the right/best choices. Our children 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 teaching and PSHE lessons and SMSC.
At Ellingham VC and Woodton Primary Schools we teach the children to treat each other with mutual respect and work in a climate where openness, trust and inclusion lay the foundation for their future lives. We value not only people but the environment and the wider world. Our Christian values underpin school life and give staff and children the opportunity to discuss and reflect on the values in life that they believe in. We teach them to understand rather than judging others.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
The curriculum of both schools aims to develop understanding of the world. The RE and PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) SMSC (Spiritual, Social, Moral and Cultural ) curricula provide opportunities for the children to develop tolerance of and empathy towards those from different faiths, beliefs and cultures. We recognise that we are situated in an area which is not greatly culturally diverse, therefore we place greater emphasis on promoting diversity with the children in a variety of ways. Ellingham school supports a child in Togo and Woodton School is establishing a link with a Malayan Children’s Home. Our assembly themes come from the Values for Life programme which is covered in a three year cycle. These are interlinked with British Values and SMSC.
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