Statement of British Values at East Boldon Infant School.
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 by the Government in 2014.
At East Boldon Infant School these values are regularly promoted through high quality teaching, a rounded programme of assemblies and a positive behaviour policy. Fundamental British values are also promoted through our Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) development of pupils.
This gives pupils opportunities to develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain.
We listen to children’s and parent’s voice. Our school behaviour policy is clear that children are expected to contribute and co-operate, taking into account the views of others.
We have a school council which consists of two members from each class who are nominated and voted for. They have recently been very instrumental in decisions about additions to our playground equipment. We also have an annual pupil questionnaire where children are able to put forward their views about the school.
Rule of Law
From entry to school pupils are continually taught to recognise the difference between right and wrong and this, alongside their developing maturity, helps them to apply their understanding of these concepts in their daily lives.
Our behaviour policy consistently reinforces our high expectations of children. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind rules and laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken.
Within our school children are encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment to enable them to do this. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make informed choices, through a safe environment and an empowering education. Through E-safety we teach the importance of keeping yourself safe by choosing not to share personal information. In addition we are a Kidsafe school ensuring all of our children are made aware of the dangers they face and to keep themselves safe, without destroying their sense of adventure.
Our whole school ethos is built around mutual respect and we believe that respect for others is a vital component of moral development. We are an inclusive school where everyone is valued and has a contribution to make to the school. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others.
We encourage open discussions in all areas but particularly in PHSCE lessons. Staff help children to understand how to respect by talking about how actions/words can affect others.
Tolerance of those of different Faiths and Beliefs
At East Boldon Infant School we actively promote diversity through our curriculum and celebrations of different faiths and cultures. RE lessons, collective worship and PHSCE lessons reinforce messages of tolerance and respect for others. Members of different faiths and religions are invited into school to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. We have a strong link with St George’s Church which is next to the school. In addition through our curriculum we encourage pupils’ awareness of and tolerance of different faiths, beliefs, backgrounds and cultures.