At Rodbourne Cheney Primary School, we actively promote British Values, as defined under the Ofsted guidance 2014, through our school vision, ethos, agreed rules, curriculum and teaching:
‘ensure that they and the school promote tolerance of and respect for people of all faiths (or those of no faith), cultures and lifestyles; and support and help, through their words, actions and influence within the school and more widely in the community, to prepare children and young people positively for life in modern Britain’.
The government define these values as
- Rule of law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect
- Tolerance of those of different faiths At Rodbourne Cheney Primary School, we value the diverse ethnic backgrounds of all pupils and families and undertake a variety of events and lessons to celebrate these. We have found this approach to be enriching for all parties as it teaches tolerance and respect for the differences in our community and the wider world. Underpinning all of this, are a range of curriculum topics which have strong links to the British Empire. We actively challenge children, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views.
To promote these values:
- We have an elected school council where pupil’s voices are heard and pupils also have the opportunity to complete questionnaires.
- Our collective worship calendar actively promotes these values through the use of Values, SMSC and RE objectives. These values are a focus for each term and incorporated further into PSHE, class parliament sessions and RE lessons. These values are also shared with parents through our newsletters, Twitter and website
- 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. Visits from authorities such as the Police, Fire Service, etc. are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message. In the broad and balanced curriculum that we deliver there is opportunity to discuss these.
- Pupils are actively encouraged and supported to make informed choices, to know and exercise their rights and personal freedom, but safely for example through our e-safety policy.
- Our positive behaviour policy encourages tolerance and mutual respect.
- We visit different places of worship and have visitors to school from other faiths. We have established close links with the local community, including our local Methodist, Baptist and Church of England churches
- Our curriculum is designed so that Values are at the heart of it and are taught in conjunction with our carefully selected enquiry based topics. For example in our WW1 topic we looked at the value of Peace; Christmas topic we looked at the value of Joy.
- In addition to longer topic, we have stop-weeks where we look at things that we feel are important for our school. For example, we have a Diversity Week in January where we will go ‘Around the World in Five Days.’ We believe such weeks widen children’s knowledge and understanding of cultures and traditions.
- We believe passionately about ensuring children have enriching experiences that support our British values and Values Based Education. For example, we held a whole school Remembrance Celebration for children, parents and community partners.
- We welcome the voice and contribution of our parents when looking at our Values and every two terms, we hold a Parent Values contribution session to seek their views and opinions on how we can deliver these key messages and values. We also have sent our child and parent questionnaires on the importance of values and how it helps at home and at school.