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Fundamental British Values

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At Giggleswick Primary School, we aim to:

  • provide pupils with a broad, balanced, relevant and progressive education, delivered in a dynamic way;
  • encourage pupils to enjoy learning and become independent, self-motivated learners, achieving the highest standards of which they are capable;
  • provide quality opportunities for pupils to develop as happy, active, healthy, confident, creative individuals;
  • provide a welcoming, safe, caring environment, which promotes health and well-being and equality of opportunities for all who work here;                                                
  • develop in the pupils a sense of right and wrong and provide the necessary encouragement for them to become responsible, self-disciplined citizens, who are receptive and respectful towards others;
  • establish a strong partnership between pupils, staff, parents/carers, Governors, advisory colleagues and others within the local community, to work together for the successful achievement of these aims.

 

​In order to achieve our aims, within our provision and for many years, we have:

  • helped pupils to express their views and involved them in decision-making
  • supported pupils to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence
  • developed a strong anti-bullying culture and challenged stereotypes
  • encouraged pupils to take responsibility for their behaviour
  • ensured school rules and expectations are clear and fair
  • helped pupils to distinguish right from wrong
  • helped pupils to acquire an understanding of, and respect for, their own and other cultures and ways of life
  • discussed differences between people and differences of family situations
  • promoted respect for each other and individual differences.

 

Many of these aspects are now a requirement of schools, as stated in the current Ofsted schedule, where schools are expected to prepare ‘pupils positively for life in modern Britain’ and promote ‘the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith.’

 

Therefore, one of our leadership and management priorities for 2015 – 2016, within our School Development Plan was: to identify and continue to promote British values within provision. Some of the activities undertaken last year, which promoted fundamental British values, were as follows:

 

Democracy

  • pupils were provided with a broad general knowledge of, and respect promoted for, public institutions and services through KS2 PSHCEe lessons on general elections and EU referendum
  • through aspects of the curriculum, KS2 pupils learnt more about democracy and how it works in Britain and they then held ‘mock EU referendum’
  • pupils were involved in decision-making processes and were listened to in school through many different activities such as: Class 3 pupils invited to official opening of Limestone View, following the school’s previous involvement in naming the new facility; Class 3 pupils organised very effective fund-raising events for BBC Children in Need Appeal and Sport Relief; a range of pupils represented their peers on School Council, which was also re-named Student Council by pupils; pupils suggestions for rotas implemented for side yard activities, use of main yard equipment; pupils questionnaires devised and introduced by Student Council
  • links were further developed with the local Parish council as pupils undertook a survey for the Parish Council on their preferred playground equipment and there was a visit to a Council meeting by two Class 3 pupils to present results of survey
  • pupils were regularly helped to express their views through regular pupil voice sessions to  inform lesson planning and class circle time sessions across all classes; a visit from the charity Reuben’s Retreat (requested by a pupil) and a visit from a ‘spaceman’ requested by older pupils
  • visit to the Scottish parliament was organised during Y6 residential visit to Edinburgh

 

Individual liberty

  • pupils were supported to develop their self-esteem and self-confidence through ‘drop in’ sessions introduced for pupils in KS2 and an increased number of circle time discussions to support pupils’ needs in KS1
  • pupils were encouraged to take responsibility for their behaviour, as well as knowing their rights by being involved in discussions about bullying, a review of anti-bullying policy, anti-bullying week and online safety, as well as KS2 PSHCEe lessons on UNICEF rights and responsibilities
  • Stereotypes were challenged through KS2 PSHCEe lessons on relationships and different families, as well as lessons on the world of work and others on refugees and Fairtrade

 

Rule of law

  • School rules and expectations were made clear and fair; pupils helped to distinguish right from wrong through reminders in assemblies and in class about the Code of Conduct; use of the ‘traffic light’ system in KS2; involvement of all pupils on safe use of internet; involvement of all families in the School Games codes for pupils, staff and parents
  • Police visits to school were organised to support online safety when PC Ridler and colleagues held workshops for pupils and parents throughout year on online safety

 

Mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith

  • respect for individual differences promoted through collaborative activities such as residential visits organised jointly with other cluster schools for all KS2 pupils and a large number of cluster schools’ sports events
  • links were maintained with St. Alkelda’s church through a continuation of St. Alkelda’s church club during 2015/16; continued involvement in St. Alkelda’s family services and other events; hosting weekly visits to assembly from ‘Open the Book’ team; participation in cluster schools Rewind to Easter/Christmas and Fast Forward to Secondary School; participation in Easter-related activities for whole school organised by team from St. Alkelda’s church
  • pupils were helped to acquire an understanding of, and respect for, their own and other cultures and ways of life through hosting visits from Chinese and Islamic storytellers; hosting placement for  a teacher from Spain; Class 3 pupils links with e-twinned school in France; Class 3 pupils links with school in Malawi.

 

 Within our current provision, we continue to promote fundamental British values and so far during this academic year (2016/17), examples of some of these aspects are as follows:

 

Democracy

Pupils provided with a broad general knowledge of, and respect promoted for, public institutions and services

  • PSHCEe lessons on citizenship – visits from PC Ridler and parliamentary outreach worker

 

Through aspects of the curriculum, pupils learnt more about democracy and how it works in Britain

  • following PSHCEe lessons on elections last year, KS2 pupils applied for Student Council by writing and presenting their own manifestos

 

Pupils encouraged to become involved in decision-making processes and know they are listened to in school

  • following KS2 pupils’ requests for additional sports club, Multisports Club introduced
  • pupil voice discussions reviewed new arrangements for start of school day, rota of ball games in side yard and choices of food items to make during D&T lessons

 

Links made with the local Parish council

  • following school survey undertaken for Parish Council in Summer Term and subsequent visit by Class 3 pupils to a meeting, Class 3 pupils created posters for Parish Council to raise awareness of dog fouling issues

 

Pupils regularly helped to express their views

  • regular pupil voice sessions inform lesson planning and class circle time sessions across all classes
  • Talk time introduced for Y6 girls

 

Pupils taught about injustice and how it can be challenged

  • Class 3 pupils’ RE work involves research into injustice etc. through work of Christian Aid and Islamic Relief

 

Individual liberty

Pupils supported to develop their self-esteem and self-confidence

  • Talk Time sessions introduced for Y6 girls

 

Pupils encouraged to take responsibility for their behaviour, as well as knowing their rights

  • Class 3 pupils involved in discussions about bullying, friendships, inclusion etc. to resolve friendship issues

 

Rule of law

School rules and expectations clear and fair; pupils helped to distinguish right from wrong

  • all pupils reminded of Code of Conduct through assemblies and in class
  • ‘traffic light’ system reinforced at start of new school year
  • safe use of internet discussed in KS2
  • School games codes for pupils, staff and parents discussed in KS2

 

Police visit to school

  • PC Ridler had lunch with pupils when visiting KS2 PSHCEe lessons

 

Mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith

Respect for individual differences promoted through collaborative activities

  • Y5 pupils prepared for residential visit to Humphrey Head
  • KS2 pupils prepared for cluster schools’ sports events

 

Pupils helped to acquire an understanding of, and respect for, their own and other cultures and ways of life

  • Class 3 pupils introduced to aspects of Christianity and Islam through work on charities: Christian Aid and Islamic Relief

 

Links maintained with St. Alkelda’s church

  • St. Alkelda’s church club continued during 2016/17 

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