How we promote British Values at West Oxford Community Primary School
The Department for Education has 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.'
The Government set out its definition of British values in 2011, and these values were reiterated in 2014.
At West Oxford Community Primary School, we aim for our children to become valuable and fully rounded members of society who treat others with respect and tolerance, regardless of background. We promote the basic British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance for those with different faiths and beliefs in the following ways:
We have a School Council with two representatives from each class. These children have election campaigns and are voted for by the whole school. The Council meets regularly and in the meetings the children’s views and ideas on a range of school issues are sought. The children help make decisions and collect class views which they bring to their meetings. They are also involved in fund-raising for the school.
The rule of law
Children are taught from the beginning the ‘values’ of the school. Pupils are taught the importance of and reasons behind our school ‘values’, the responsibilities that are involved and the consequences when the ‘values’ are not kept. We have weekly assemblies featuring the values and the children have created values displays and regularly talk about them in class.
Each class agrees its own class rules at the beginning of the academic year. We have a variety of rewards when children keep the ‘values’ including in-class golden time, the Golden Book- Headteacher award, and Wow learners for the week. These show children how our values are special and, that in keeping them they will be rewarded.
Pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. Making choices is a key part of the way we want children to learn and of the school vision, which students learn about through assemblies and PSHE work. Through our work we discuss different choices that the children can make and encourage them to make the right choices. We look at online safety as a key part of the Computing curriculum and the importance of making safe choices when online.
Mutual respect is at the heart of our school. We are an inclusive community school where everyone is valued and has a contribution to make to the school. The children and staff often work with other schools in our partnership which develops their respect for others in the wider community. Children learn that their behaviour has an effect on their own rights and those of others.
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
We are a Community school, all different faiths and beliefs are explored and celebrated through assemblies, RE sessions and a variety of visitors into school. The children are taught that people have different faiths and beliefs and that these should be accepted. Children within our school with different faiths are encouraged to share their practices and special celebrations.