PROMOTING BRITISH VALUES AT Folksworth C of E Primary School
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 Folksworth C of E Primary School these values are taught through delivering a broad and balanced curriculum which appeals to, and challenges, children of all ages. The school takes the opportunity to promote these values during class lessons, in assemblies and more explicitly in PSHE and RE lessons.
The British Values are reinforced in the following ways:
Democracy is an important aspect of our school ethos and plays an important role in the development of our school. Through the School Council and pupil questionnaires children are given a voice and an opportunity to effect change within the school.
At the beginning of each year, each class will elect the School Council members through a democratic vote. The representatives will attend regular meetings to discuss issues arising as well as promoting resolutions and implementing new systems to their peers. The children are given the confidence to express their opinions in the knowledge that they will be acted upon.
Rule of Law:
The importance of laws and rules is consistently reinforced and recognised by teachers and children alike. The children take an active role in deciding upon our Class Rules. This helps them to understand that rules and laws both govern and protect us.
We are always keen to invite outside agencies, such as the Police and Fire Service, into our school or to visit to help to reinforce the message of how important laws and rules are.
At Folksworth C of E Primary School, pupils are encouraged to make choices and speak their minds. Our school environment is safe, secure and supportive, providing children with the confidence to express themselves. Children are encouraged to make choices about their education, ranging from activities in class, extra- curricular activities and even the quality of their work through self- assessment.
As a Church of England school we recognise and celebrate each child’s uniqueness as God given.