British Values Statement
British Values at Spring Lane Primary School
The Department for Education has recently stated the need to:
Spring Lane Primary School is committed to the ethos of promoting British Values and preparing our pupils for success in a modern Britain. We teach British Values through planning and delivering a broad and balanced curriculum. They are also reinforced on a daily basis by expectations of behaviour within our school community. Actively promoting these values also means challenging pupils, staff, governors or parents who express opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views.
Below are just a few examples of how we promote these values in school.
Children within our school are involved in democratic processes including voting for school councillors, house captains and our Eco Warriors. The school council and the Eco Warrior team are led by members of staff who adhere to democratic processes. We have links to the local PCSOs who come into school to educate the children about upholding British law and the prosecution service. Children have an annual questionnaire where they are able to put forward their views about the school.
Rule of Law
The importance of laws and rules, whether they are those that govern the class, the school or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout the school day. Our behaviour policy is clear and the Golden Rules are displayed in every class. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves, and the consequences when laws are broken. We have a set of school rules that apply everywhere and to everyone.
Alongside rules and laws we promote freedom of choice and the right to respectfully express views and beliefs. We support all pupils to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence and to take responsibility for their own behaviour. Children are encouraged to make choices at our school, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive 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 teaching. Pupils are given the freedom to make choices, e.g. signing up for extra-curricular clubs, Fab Friday activities and choosing the level of challenge in some lessons.
We aim to nurture everyone’s uniqueness and special gifts, value diversity and develop everyone to their full potential. Anti-bullying assemblies and other assemblies, all reflect our commitment to mutual respect. Equally raising money for charity as a whole school helps in teaching mutual respect as well as reinforcing our links with the local and wider community.
This is achieved through enhancing pupils’ understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity in our local community. Pupils develop an understanding of and respect for their own cultures and other ways of life through visits to places of worship, visits from representatives of different faiths and an exploration of religions and cultural practices through our RE curriculum.
Celebrating British Events and Traditions
We regularly celebrate Festivals and Celebrations of a range of faiths practiced in Modern Britain. We also participate in the celebration of some British events and traditions. For example, Remembrance Day, performing a Christmas Nativity Play in FS2 and KS1, Shrove Tuesday and the Queen’s birthday.