British Values

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Promoting  British Values at Rudston Primary School

​At Rudston Primary School, the British Values values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:

Democracy:

· We listen to all views

· We debate arguments for and against

· We get involved

· We express our views peacefully

· We vote and respect the result of the majority

Democracy is inherent within the school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council. The elections of House Captains is based solely on pupil votes.

The Rule of Law

· We make sure rules and expectations are clear

· We know the difference between right and wrong

· We know rules protect us

The importance of Laws (whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country) are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. 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.

Individual Liberty (Freedom)

· We are responsible for our own behaviour

· We challenge stereotypes and bias

· We are an anti-bullying school

· We promote self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence

· We model freedom of speech in a peaceful manner

Within school, 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 young pupils to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advise how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and RE/PSHE lessons. Whether it be through choice of challenge, of how they record, of participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.

Mutual Respect and Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs (Respect and Tolerance)

· We promote respect

· We have respect for our own and others’ cultures

· We discuss differences of faith, ethnicity, disability, gender and families

Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy has revolved around core values such as ‘Respect’. Pupils take part in discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown. Posters around the school promote respect for others and this is reiterated through our classroom and learning rules, as well as our behaviour policy. Tolerance of others is achieved through enhancing pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying are followed and supported by learning in RE and PSHE, alongside visits to other places of worship within the area. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school.

British Values Week

To raise the profile and awareness of British Values at Rudston, during the Autumn term, we devoted a whole week to the British Values, taking a different value each day and exploring it as a class. Each day started with an assembly where a different visitor spoke about the value and what it means to them. For example, on the Monday, when the value was Mutual Respect and Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs, members of different religions spoke to the children and shared their faith with them. Each day during the week, children in Key Stage 2 decided on a ‘child-friendly’ definition for the value, before coming together on the Friday for a whole-school democratic vote to decide on what British Values means to Rudston.

Our whole school Rudston British Values definitions are:

The right for your voice to be heard (Democracy)

Only fools don’t follow the rules (Rule of Law)

Be free to know your rights and express yourself (Individual Liberty)

Treating everyone the same no matter how different they are (Mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs)

 

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