British Values Statement
Promoting British Values Statement
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.
These values are taught explicitly through:
- Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE),
- Religious Education (RE),
- Planning and delivering a broad and balanced curriculum.
We have achieved the following external accreditation which demonstrates evidence of our commitment to the aforementioned values:
- Ofsted grade of ‘Good’ for behaviour June 2017,
- Investors in Pupils,
- National Healthy Schools status.
The school takes opportunities to actively promote our values through our assemblies and whole school systems and structures such as electing and running a successful School Council.
We have a duty to prepare our children for life in modern Britain and to keep them safe.
We also actively promote our values through ensuring our curriculum planning and delivery includes real opportunities for exploring these values. Actively promoting our values also means challenging pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental values, including ‘extremist’ views.
At Creswell Junior School we uphold and teach pupils about the British Values which are defined as:
- Rule of Law
- Individual Liberty
- Mutual Respect
- Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
Democracy is an important value at our school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council. The elections of members of the School Council are based on pupil votes.
Children also have a voice via the classroom 'Suggestion’ boxes (virtually) where they can raise concerns, share ideas and celebrate individual achievements.
The children have worked together and agreed a set of core values which we at Creswell Junior School actively work and live by; this is our 'Code of Conduct’. Children create their own class rules, which are available in each classroom and are actively used by children and adults to influence others’ behaviour. Our school behaviour involves many rewards which children earn via epraise points.
The children have also been responsible for the development of our 8 Core Values.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws and rules, whether they are those that govern the class, the school or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days. Our Positive Points and Demerit System on Epraise for behaviour is aligned to an agreed core values and if children are given verbal warnings this is always set against the agreed school behaviour code. 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. Visits from authorities such as the police and fire service form part of our calendar and help reinforce this message.
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 our pupils to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment, a planned curriculum and an empowering education. 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. Pupils are given the freedom to make choices, e.g. signing up for extra-curricular clubs, choose the level of challenge in some lessons and are becoming increasingly more involved in child-led learning.
Respect is one of the core values of our school. This can be seen and felt in our pervading ethos in school. The pupils know and understand that it is expected and imperative that respect is shown to everyone, whatever differences we may have and to everything, however big or small. The core value of respect at Creswell Junior School underpins our work every day both in and out of the classroom. Children and adults alike, including visitors are challenged if they are disrespectful in any way. Values are highly visible around the school and can be seen in posters, certificates and as part of our agreed codes.
Tolerance of Those with 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 in our local community. Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudiced-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE and PSHE. We follow the Discovery RE Curriculum.