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Parochial C of E Primary School –
PROMOTING BRITISH VALUES
Parochial Primary School is committed to serving its community. It recognises the multi-cultural, multi faith and ever-changing nature of the United Kingdom. It also understands the vital role it has in ensuring that groups or individuals within the school are not subjected to intimidation or radicalisation by those wishing to unduly, or illegally, influence them.
It follows equal opportunities guidance which guarantees that there will be no discrimination against any individual or group, regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, political or financial status, or similar.
Our School is dedicated to preparing students for their adult life beyond the formal examined curriculum and ensuring that it promotes and reinforces British values to all its students.
The Government emphasises that schools are required to ensure that key ‘British Values’ are taught in all UK schools. The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy.
The five British Values are:
- The rule of law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect
- Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
The school uses strategies within the National curriculum and beyond to secure such outcomes for students. The examples that follow show some of the many ways school seeks to embed British values.
The principle of democracy is consistently being reinforced at Parochial CE Primary School, with democratic processes being used for important decisions within the school community, for instance:
- Play leaders;
- Sports Ambassadors;
- Friendship Ambassadors;
- Eco Warriors;
- School council;
- Ethos Group;
- House captains elections;
We are also committed to a restorative justice approach in school. At the beginning of each academic year, children in each year group formulate their classroom rules and refer to them, on display, throughout the year.
The rule of law
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced at our school.
Students are taught the rules and expectations of the school which are highlighted by the school mission and home-school agreement. Students are taught the value of and the reasons behind laws that govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. The message is reinforced through;
- PSHE curriculum;
- Anti-bullying/Friendship week;
- PCSO and Police visits;
- Drugs education;
- Behaviour policy;
- Class charters.
At Parochial Primary School, students are actively encouraged to make independent choices, with the knowledge that they are in a safe, secure and supportive environment. Staff at school educate and provide boundaries for students to make informed choices, through a safe environment and an empowering education.
Students are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised on how to exercise these safely, for example through;
- WOW visits and visitors;
- Anti-bullying/Friendship ambassadors
- Circle time;
- A curriculum that follow children’s interests;
- What if... learning;
- Freedom of expression through role play, drama and the arts.
Respect is a strong part of Parochial CE Primary School and is part of its Mission Statement & Values. Students 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 and this is reiterated through its teaching and learning environments.
Mutual respect is embraced throughout the curriculum by providing the opportunity for students to express their views in a safe environment.
- A curriculum that reflects different cultures and traditions;
- PHSE curriculum and circle time;
- Visits to a range of places of worship;
- Weekly assemblies;
- Race, Equality and Cultural Diversity Policy.
Tolerance of those of different cultures, faiths, beliefs and those of none
This is achieved though equipping students with the ability to understand their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving the opportunities to experience such diversity within the school community. Students benefit from a number of visits and visitors, including those from other cultures. Additionally, students are actively encouraged to share their faith and beliefs within the school and celebrate festivities throughout the calendar year. The Religious Education curriculum provides a broad and balanced education on a range of faiths, religions and cultures.
Parochial CE Primary School strives endlessly to ensure that its students leave with the strongest foundation of values upon which to build a successful life and make a successful contribution to our society. We will actively challenge any children, staff, visitors or parents and carers expressing opinions contrary to the fundamental British Values, including extremist views.