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.”
The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values were reiterated in 2014. At Combe CE Primary School, these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Democracy – what do we do?
- Provide pupils with a broad general knowledge of, and promote respect for, public institutions and services
- Teach pupils how they can influence decision-making through the democratic process
- Encourage pupils to become involved in decision-making processes and ensure they are listened to in school – our school council is their main voice
- Help pupils to express their views
- Teach pupils how public services operate and how they are held to account
Rule of law – what do we do?
- Ensure school rules and expectations are clear and fair
- Help pupils to distinguish right from wrong
- Help pupils to respect the law and the basis on which it is made
- Help pupils to understand that living under the rule of law protects individuals
- Include visits from the police and establish and make links with the local officers
Individual liberty – what do we do?
- Support pupils to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence
- Encourage pupils to take responsibility for their behaviour, as well as knowing their rights
- Challenge stereotypes.
- 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
Mutual Respect – what do we do?
- Promote respect for individual differences
- Help pupils to acquire an understanding of, and respect for, their own and other cultures and ways of life
- Organise visits to places of worship
- Develop critical personal thinking skills
- Discuss differences between people
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs- what do we do?
- Share religious understanding on a range of ‘Big Questions’ during our RE lessons.
- During PSHE lessons, children are taught how to appreciate differing views.
- Multi-cultural weeks celebrate different faiths and cultures.
- World issues are debated and discussed in classes.