British Values

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Promoting  British Values at Rudston Primary School

The DfE have published guidance for 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 the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values have been reiterated this year (2014). At Rudston Primary School these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:

At Rudston Primary School, we recognise the multicultural, multi-faith nature of the United Kingdom and understand the crucial role our schools play in promoting these values. We take our responsibility to promote community cohesion, generate a respect for difference and individual rights seriously. We believe it is incredibly important that these British Values permeate through all aspects of school and children will encounter these values throughout our everyday school life. Our values reiterate this and it means and our vision and ethos plays an important role in upholding British Values within our school community.

 

At Rudston Primary School these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:

Democracy

At Rudston Primary School we have respect at the centre of our core values and pupil voice plays a big part in school life. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our school council meetings while discussing issues which they feel will make Rudston a better place to learn. Each class (Y2-Y6) has two council members which are voted in by their class. Each year elections take place for house captains and vice captains. Nominees write and present their election speech and members of the house vote for their representatives. Children have an annual questionnaire with which they are able to put forward their views about the school. Throughout the year groups of children undertake learning walks with members of the SLT to highlight strengths and areas for development around the school. These learning walks focus on a SDP priorities areas as well as key curriculum issues such as inclusion, provision and the school environment.

We hope that the active participation of our pupils in school life will sow the seeds for a more sophisticated understanding of democracy in the future.

The Rule of Law

Our pupils will encounter rules and laws throughout their entire lives.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. The involvement of our pupils in the creation of the class rules helps them to understand the reasons behind rules and the consequences if rules are broken Visits from authorities such as the local MP’s reinforce this message and school council attend a yearly council meeting at Liverpool Town Hall.

We believe that clear explanations and real life stories emphasise the importance of the Rule of Law for our pupils.

Individual Liberty

We invest a lot of time in creating a positive culture in our school where, 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 provision of a safe environment and 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 E-Safety and PSHE lessons. Whether it be through choice of learning challenge, of how they record, of participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.

At Rudston Primary School we believe that valuing choice and freedom in daily school life will foster a value for individual liberty as the children embark upon their adult lives.

Mutual Respect

At Rudston Primary School our school ethos and behaviour policy revolve around our core values; Respect, Responsilibity, Resilience, Enjoyment and Challenge, and pupils have been part of discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown. Displays around the school promote respect for others and this is reiterated in class charters as well as our behaviour policy. Pupils are encouraged to challenge each other when not showing respect and encourage each other to be respectful

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs

At Rudston Primary School we offer a culturally rich and diverse curriculum in which all major religions are studied and respected. Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in PSHE. Through our RE curriculum, we teach the main faiths and focus upon learning about religion and learning from religion, we promote tolerance of the beliefs of others.

Through our curriculum and the routines of our daily school life, we strive to demonstrate tolerance and help children to become knowledgeable and understanding citizens who can build a better Britain for the future.

 

Macmillan Tea Party

 

 

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At every turn we encourage our pupils to look beyond themselves and our school. We believe we’re an integral part of our local community and are keen to share our resources, time and skills with other schools and organisations.

For our pupils, this can mean running businesses as part of our enterprise scheme alongside both local and national firms. This exciting new venture will be starting in September and will be appropriately called ‘Rudston Apprentice’ . It will also mean making links and friendships with children who live in other parts of the country and the world. All of our pupils regularly hold fundraising events to support good causes.

For all our children, we seek to develop and maintain relationships with a range of secondary schools to ensure pupils and parents can make an informed decision about secondary education.

Our teachers and leaders work alongside other schools to share our experiences and skills in raising attainment. These partnerships also ensure that we constantly reflect and improve our own provision.

We support professionals and graduates looking to join the teaching profession, by offering quality work experience and we forge productive links with businesses looking to develop their corporate responsibility programme. We reach out to a wide range of organisations including museums, theatres, galleries and universities so that we can offer our children enriching and exciting opportunities that they will never forget.

 

By community cohesion, we mean working towards, a society in which there is a common vision and ,sense of belonging by all communities; a society in which the diversity of people’s backgrounds and circumstances is appreciated and valued;

a society in which similar life opportunities are available to all; and a society in which strong and positive relationships
exist and continue to be developed in the workplace, in schools and in the wider community.”

Guidance on Community
Cohesion, DCSF

 

 

Chinese New Year in Year 1 

To celebrate Chinese New Year on Thursday 19th February, Elmer and Paddington class got crafty! We listened to a story about Chinese New Year traditions before we made cards and framed lucky pictures to take home. The children were very proud of their work! 

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