All Reach2 schools develop a bespoke programme to deliver on the Government’s expectation of British Values. This will be taught both explicitly and discretely, and as is age-appropriate.
‘Schools should 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’ to
- enable pupils to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence.
- enable pupils to distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil and criminal law of England.
- encourage pupils to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative, and to understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality of the school and to society more widely.
- enable pupils to acquire a broad general knowledge of and respect for public institutions and services in England
- further tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions by enabling pupils to acquire an appreciation of and respect for their own and other cultures.
- encourage respect for other people.
- encourage respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic processes, including respect for the basis on which the law is made and applied in England.
At Northfield St Nicholas Primary Academy we promote and support British Values, not only through our policies and vision & values, but importantly, through our learning and daily school life. We offer all children an ASUPERHERO (aspiration, sensory, unforgettable, progress, exciting, relevant, hope, emotional literacy, reading and opportunity) curriculum and British Values permeates throughout this. Children access weekly ‘Picture News’ lessons to broaden their knowledge of relevant current affairs and explicitly discuss British Values. Furthermore, the strands of British Values permeate through school life:
Democracy : All children get the opportunity to vote for our Pupil Parliament members, who provide an important voice for our children, their representation is invaluable and contributes towards how the school is run.
We work in partnership with parents and families encouraging them to provide us with feedback whether this is through staff being on hand in person at the start and end of the school day or regular parent surveys & meetings to ensure our parents have a voice too. Again, this is crucial for us to ensure we are getting things right and to let us know where improvements can be made.
Our Parent, Staff & Friends Association (PSFA) raise funds and vote on the best way these are to be spent within school. Our Pupil Parliament staff advocates join PFSA meetings and ensure children’s voice is heard when deciding how funds are raised and spent.
Individual Liberty: We feel that it is crucial for children to be able to make their own choices, from choosing their lunch to what sports clubs and activities they’d like to participate in, we promote choice wherever possible.
Rule of Law: We have a positive behaviour policy and all work together to ensure that all children within our community feel safe, happy and confident and follow the school rules. We celebrate success in our celebration assemblies.
Mutual Respect: Our school rules help to promote kindness and respect. We are a Restorative Practice school and develop children’s skills to be good friends and repair relationships if we have disagreements.
Tolerance of Different Faiths & Beliefs: Our children enjoy learning all about many cultures, faiths and beliefs and we promote this by celebrating and recognising events such as; Christmas, Diwali and Chinese New Year. We also ensure that our library is well stocked with resources for learning about various customs and cultures from around the world.