Our school has a wonderful diverse community and welcomes and values everyone, whatever their ability, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexuality or background. As a primary school, we believe we have a vital role in combating discrimination and promoting fairness, justice and equality through our teaching and in the role models we offer.
Promoting British Values is, therefore, an intrinsic part of all we do. We specifically promote the four key British Values listed by the DfE through our curriculum and also in the following ways:
· We have a School Council, with representatives elected by their peers each year, following speeches from the candidates. We also invite direct pupil voice via pupil surveys and questionnaires
· On a daily basis, we ensure that pupils are listened to by adults and taught to listen to one another. We teach the children how to debate respectfully.
The Rule of Law
· All families, upon first joining the school, sign Home-School Agreements outlining their rights and responsibilities.
· We teach children to distinguish right from wrong, drawing parallels between rule breaking and behaviour management at school and in society in general.
· Within the curriculum, we teach respect for the civil and criminal law of England. Visiting speakers, form the Police for example, reinforce these messages to pupils.
· Our school places special emphasis on freedom of self-expression and providing an enriched and creative curriculum. We aim to support children to make their own choices as learners, both in class and in their extra-curricular activities.
Mutual Respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
· We teach both self-respect and respect for others, developing tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions and celebrating the diverse backgrounds of everyone at our school.
· Children are encouraged to discuss and show tolerance of all differences between people, whether those differences are in faith, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation or family structure.