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Promoting British Values

Ludlow Junior School Statement about Promoting British Values

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.”

The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values were reiterated in 2014.  At Ludlow Junior School we promote these values regularly and look for a wide range of opportunities to link them into all aspects of school life.  Please refer to our curriculum overview of Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural (SMSC) opportunities across the school for the detail.  But here is an overview of some of the things we do. 

 

Democracy

Children have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. We have a school council which meets regularly to discuss issues raised in class council meetings.

Children are regularly asked to complete questionnaires about aspects of school life.  Most recently they have included asking about computer access at home and attitudes towards Maths.  This has meant that staff can take their views in to account when planning or evaluating changes within school.

Whenever there is an election the school holds a mock election for children to become involved in the process and gain an understanding about the importance of voting.

 

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.

 

Individual Liberty

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, for example through our E-Safety and PSHE lessons. Whether it be through choice of learning challenge, of how they record, of participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.

 

Mutual Respect

As a Rights Respecting School, 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.   This is reinforced through all aspects of school life from behaviour around school; assemblies and dress code.  The school are proactive in  involving children in making decisions and promoting school ideals, an example of this was a recent anti- bullying drama experience, after which all of the children signed our anti bullying charter, they also wrote the child friendly version of our Anti- bullying Policy.

 

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs

Ludlow is situated in an area which is not greatly 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 RE, PSHE and SMSC teaching reinforce this.  Our curriculum provides planned opportunities for members of different faiths or religions to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. Children visit places of worship that are important to different faiths. Examples include a Year 5 link to a Mosque in Birmingham, which they visit and support their Food Bank; while Year 6 children visit a Synagogue.  The curriculum is also flexible enough to take advantage of opportunities that arrise , so in 2016 Year 4 children will continue their links with the city of Manchester, but when they visit the Manchester United Football Ground they will take part in a diversity workshop linked to the Kick Out Racism initiative.   

At Ludlow Junior School we will actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views.

 

 

 

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