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British Values

British Values

 

Our school reflects British values in all that we do. We aim to nurture our children on their journey through life so they can grow into safe, caring, democratic, responsible and tolerant adults who make a positive difference to British society and to the world. We encourage our children to be creative, unique, open-minded and independent individuals, respectful of themselves and of others in our school, our local community and the wider world.

 

The Department for Education states that there is a 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 Department for Education defines British Values as follows:

·         Respect for democracy and support or participation in the democratic process

·         Respect for the basis on which the law is made and applies in England

·         Support for equality of opportunity for all

·         Support and respect for the liberties of all within the law

·         Respect for and tolerance of different faiths and religious and other beliefs

At Kenningtons, we actively promote British values in the following ways:

 

DEMOCRACY

·         All children are encouraged to debate topics of interest, express their views and make a meaningful contribution to the running of the school on matters that directly involve pupils.  Children also have the opportunity to have their voices heard through pupil questionnaires and pupil surveys.

·         Our school system of Class Champions enables all pupils to be involved in a day to day issues across the school. Class Champions are elected by their peer groups to represent them.

·         The principle of democracy is explored in the curriculum as well as during our annual Democracy Day. On this day, all pupils exercise their right to vote in the polling booth for one of the four local charities.

·         Our school Behaviour policy involves rewards upon which the pupils were consulted.

·         Pupils have had active involvement in the selection processes of new teaching staff.

·         Our school has enjoyed a visit from our local MP.

·         Our Class Champions visit the local council chambers annually.

RULE OF LAW

·         School rules and expectations are clear, fair and regularly promoted.

·         Pupils are always helped to distinguish right from wrong.

·         Pupils are encouraged to respect the law and enjoys visits from authorities such as the Police, Fire Service, Ambulance, etc. to help reinforce this message.

·         The Behaviour and Anti-Bullying policies set out a zero tolerance baseline for any form of aggression, abuse or violence, which extends to pupils, staff and parents and carers.

·         We promote justice through the use of Community Service. During this process, the children reflect on their behavior and pay back to the school community by completing various tasks. The school also operates a robust system of logging incidents.

·         The Learning Zone system acts as a visual cue for the children to follow the classroom rules.

INDIVIDUAL LIBERTY

·         Pupils are supported to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence.

·         Pupils are encouraged to take responsibility for their behaviour and our pastoral support reinforces the importance of making the right choices.

·         Unacceptable behaviours are challenged so that vulnerable pupils are protected. The Oasis Room offers an alternative space at lunch time.

·         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 and PSHE lessons.

·         Many pupils have key roles and a range of responsibilities in school.

MUTUAL RESPECT AND TOLERANCE OF THOSE WITH DIFFERENT FAITHS AND BELIEFS

·         Respect is one of the core values of our school.  The pupils know and understand that it is expected that respect is shown to everyone, adults and children.

·         Pupils are helped to acquire an understanding of, and respect for, their own and other cultures and ways of life.

·         Staff and pupils are encouraged to challenge prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour.

·         Links and visits are promoted with local faith communities and places of worship. E.g. Members of different faiths or religions are invited to school to share their knowledge and enhance learning within assemblies and in class.

·         Through the PSHE and RE curriculums pupils are encouraged to discuss and respect differences between people, such as differences of faith, ethnicity, disability and gender.

·         Discussions involving prejudices and prejudiced-based bullying take place during RE, PSHE and circle time activities and curriculum lessons.

·         We offer a culturally rich and diverse curriculum in which all major religions are studied and respected and global dimension work embedded in many of our curriculum topics.  These curriculum topics offer children the chance to reflect on our core values and British values.

·         Our weekly celebration assembly includes Headteacher and Good Egg awards for good manners and respect.