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British Values

Our Values at Whiteheath Infant and Nursery School

 

Promoting British Values

The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy.

There is “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.”

 

These values and rights are deeply embedded into the ethos and culture of the school. Each week in an assembly one of these rights are discussed in detail with the whole school and the children are asked to reflect on what it means for them. There is also a weekly class assembly where children further discuss these values.

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We have Choices - Democracy

At Whiteheath Infant School we have a school council in KS1 which meets regularly to discuss issues raised in school. The council meet with members of the senior leadership team and governors to share their views and ask questions. The School Council know they can and do effect change within the school. Every child on the school council is voted in by their class.

Children throughout the year are asked their opinions on a range of topics using Pupil Voice Questionnaires.

 

We have Rules - The Rule of Law

Children at Whiteheath are taught the value behind laws that govern and protect us. When pupils join our school they learn about our rules. At the start of every year each class will write their own rules. Visits from the Police and Fire Service help reinforce this message. During group activities and PE the importance of rules is reiterated to enable children to work together.

 

We are Tolerant - Tolerance of different cultures and religions

At Whiteheath Infant School we provide opportunities for the children to visit places of significant cultural interest, places of worship and we actively encourage visitors from a range of communities and organisations into school.

 

We respect others – Mutual Respect

Mutual respect is at the heart of our values. Children learn that their behaviour has an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect.

 

We are Individuals - Individual Liberty

At our school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. They are also encouraged to reflect on their choices and to consider the impact on others. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make informed choices, through a safe environment and an empowering education. Children are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and to do so safely through PSHE and internet safety lessons. Whiteheath Infant School has a robust anti bullying culture and behaviour and safety policies in place.

 

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