TEACHING BRITISH VALUES
Promoting British Values at Whiteheath 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.”
At Whiteheath Infants these values are reinforced regularly in the following ways: Democracy by a class vote each year where the children decide upon their class school council rep. The school council meets every week with a teacher to discuss issues raised in class council meetings. The council is genuinely able to effect change within the school.
Children have an annual questionnaire where they are able to put forward their views about the school. Pupils are taught from an early age the rules of the school. 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. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service help reinforce this message. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our eSafety and PSHE lessons. 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.
We actively promote diversity through our celebrations of different faiths and cultures. Religious Education lessons and PSHE lessons reinforce messages of tolerance and respect for others. Members of different faiths and religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. The children visit places of worship that are important to different faiths.