Promoting British Values at All Saints
All Saints Church of England Primary School is committed to serving its community. It recognises the multi-cultural, multi faith and ever-changing nature of the United Kingdom. It also understands the vital role it has in ensuring that groups or individuals within the school are not subjected to intimidation or radicalisation by those wishing to unduly, or illegally, influence them.
It follows equal opportunities guidance which guarantees that there will be no discrimination against any individual or group, regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, political or financial status, or similar.
Our School is dedicated to preparing students for their adult life beyond the formal examined curriculum and ensuring that it promotes and reinforces British values to all its pupils.
The Government emphasises that schools are required to ensure that key ‘British Values’ are taught in all UK schools. The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy.
The five British Values are:
- The rule of law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect
- Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
The school uses strategies within the National curriculum, the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum Guidance and Diocese of Leicester RE Syllabus and beyond to secure such outcomes for pupils. The examples that follow show some of the many ways our school seeks to embed British values.
Likewise discrete opportunities to promote British values are embedded in our All Saints Cof E Whole School Curriculum Map 2015-17 and in the structure of the IPC which is used to support our teaching. Our Preventing Extremism and Radicalisation – Promoting British Values Policy also outlines how British Values are directly taught in school.
The principle of democracy is consistently being reinforced at All Saints Cof E Primary School, with democracy processes being used for important decisions within the school community, for instance, elections being held for House Captains and School Council positions. Likewise we hold an annual Election, following national procedures to campaign and elect the Headteacher and Deputy for the day, selected from the oldest pupils. These pupils then run the school for a day in the Summer term. The principle of democracy is also explored in the History and RE curriculum as well as in lesson time and assemblies.
The rule of law
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced at our school.
Students are taught the rules and expectations of the school which are highlighted by the student code of behaviour and pupil expectations. Pupils are taught the value and the reasons behind laws that govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service reinforce this message.
At All Saints CofE Primary School, students are actively encouraged to make independent choices, with the knowledge that they are in a safe, secure and supportive environment. Staff at school educate and provide boundaries for students to make informed choices, through a safe environment and an empowering education.
Students are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised on how to exercise these safely, for example through e-safety and independent work.
All Saints has a robust anti-bullying culture and has in place a comprehensive Behaviour Policy that ensure pupils’ behaviour for learning.
Respect is a strong part of All Saints Primary School and is part of its Mission Statement & Values. Students learn that their behaviours has an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect and this is reiterated through its teaching and learning environments.
Mutual respect is embraced throughout the curriculum by providing the opportunity for students to express their views in a safe environment.
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
This is achieved though equipping students with the ability to understand their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving the opportunities to experience such diversity within the school community. Pupils benefit from a number of visits and visitors, including students from other cultures. Additionally, students are actively encouraged to share their faith and beliefs within the school and celebrate festivities throughout the calendar year. The Religious Education syllabus, which designated by the Diocese of Leicester, is compulsory for all students, provides a broad and balanced education on a range of faiths, religions and cultures, as well as focussing on traditions of the Anglican Church and Christian Values.
All Saints CofE Primary School strives endlessly to ensure that its students leave with the strongest foundation of values upon which to build a successful life and a successful contribution to our society.
Our Preventing Extremism and Radicalisation Policy which directly supports the teaching of British Values can be found here