The DfE have 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 the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values have been reiterated by the Prime Minister this year.
At the Pilgrim School these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
- Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council and Pupil questionnaires.
- Both self and peer assessment used in all curriculum subjects allows children to express their thoughts and opinions.
- Year 6 also vote for the ‘Pupil’s Pupil’ each year.
The Rule of Law:
- 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 collective worship.
- 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.
- Each class creates its own set of rules which relate to our school values
- The topic of Rules for Living is a thematic unit within our RE curriculum
- 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 safety, through of 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 PSHE lessons.
- Whether it is 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.
- Our school ethos revolves around Core Values such as ‘Respect’, and pupils have been part of discussions and times of collective worship 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 school rules, as well as our behaviour policy.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:
- This is achieved through enhancing pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity.
- Collective worship and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE and PSHE.
- The school has taken part in Anti–bullying weeks with a focus on celebrating our differences within our school community and in the wider community.
- Dedicated RE weeks have included visits to a variety of places of worship and the school has received visitors from different faiths.