TEACHING BRITISH VALUES
Promoting British Values at Woodlands Primary Academy
The DfE have recently 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 Woodlands Primary Academy these values are reinforced regularly in the following ways:
Each year the children in all classes decide upon their class rules, a mission statement and class target. All children have an annual questionnaire where they are able to put forward their views about the school.
We have a pupil council which meets regularly with the Head or Deputy to discuss issues raised in class. Every child on the pupil council is voted in by their classmates following an election process. The council carries out its own surveys and knows that its opinion counts as it is involved in decision making and able to effect change within the school. Councillors visit the local council chambers, meet the Mayor and are visited by the local MP.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws, such as those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced at Woodlands Primary Academy. Pupils are taught from an early age to distinguish right from wrong and learn the rules of the school. These are our Golden Ways and pupils are taught the value and reasons behind these rules. They learn that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when the rules or laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police help to reinforce this message.
At Woodlands Primary Academy, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school, we educate and provide boundaries for pupils to make informed choices, within a safe environment and through an empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our eSafety and PSHE lessons.
Mutual respect is at the heart of our values and rules. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others and these are regularly reinforced through our behaviour policy. All members of the school community treat each other with respect. Our Golden Ways include: We always share and work together. We are always polite and have good manners.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
Although predominantly white British, Woodlands Primary Academy is becoming a more culturally diverse school community. We actively promote diversity through our celebrations of different faiths and cultures. Religious Education lessons, PSHE lessons and annual events reinforce messages of tolerance and respect for others. We link with another local primary school with a very different ethnic and religious mix to ours and take part in a variety of visits based on curriculum subjects, social and cultural activities. Members of different faith groups and religions visit school and are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. The children visit places of worship that are important to different faiths.