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 these values, not only through our policies and vision & values, but importantly through our learning (lesson planning) and daily school life (assemblies).
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 also have 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.
We have a volunteer team that also contribute towards this and a Parent, Staff & Friends Association (PSFA) that vote on funds that we raise and the best way these are to be spent within school.
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. Good behaviour is rewarded in Celebration Assemblies.
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.
Mutual Respect ~ Our school rules really help to promote kindness and respect. They encourage respect and care for each other. We also support our pupils with EAL with extra English Language lessons and support and ensure that books and other materials are relevant.
Tolerance of Different Faiths & Beliefs ~ The 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.