British Values at Rawmarsh Ashwood Primary School
The DfE (Department for Education) 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.”
At Rawmarsh Ashwood Primary School, we promote these fundamental British values at all times:
Children have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. We have a school council which meets regularly with Mrs Breedon to discuss ways of making our school even better. School councillors are voted for by the children in their class at the start of each academic year.
Each child who is interested in standing as a school councillor writes a manifesto and shares with the other children. A secret ballot is held and voting takes places. In addition to this, our school value beads are discussed and selected by the children.
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
Rawmarsh Ashwood Primary School is situated in an area which is not culturally diverse, therefore we place a great emphasis on promoting diversity with the children. Assemblies are regularly planned to address this issue either directly or through the inclusion of stories and celebrations from a variety of faiths and cultures. Our teaching reinforces this too.
Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school.
In RE, Philosophy and Ethics, we have been learning about moral stories. Year 2 did some drama freeze frame work on their storyboards of The Good Samaritan. We learnt the moral of the story and to put aside differences and help those in need of help.
The Rule of Law
The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies.
Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service help reinforce this message. Visits from the local Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) occur regularly.
Within school, 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.
Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely.
Mutual respect is at the heart of our values. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect.
In school, KS2 held a remembrance assembly. Year 1 and Year 2 visited the cenotaph to pay their respects for those who fought for us and are still fighting for us today. We wore our poppies with pride. We created our own poppy wreath to show our respects. Lest we forget.
We have learnt about D Day and how we should respect the veterans of the war. Here Year 1 have written about the soldiers’ bravery at the Normandy landings. They fought for our freedom and we thank them from the bottom of our hearts.