Promoting British Values at Lambley Primary 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.”
The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values have been reiterated by the Prime Minister. At Lambley, we endeavour to ensure that all children are fully prepared for ‘Life beyond Lambley’ and life in modern Britain. In actively promoting these values, we challenge those opinions or behaviours that are contrary to fundamental British values. We reinforce the government’s values regularly, in the following ways:
Everyone at Lambley has a voice – everyone one is heard. We actively encourage the children to show independence, speak up and provide the opportunity for them to have their voices heard through our very active Pupil Voice, through pupil interviews and questionnaires and through their very own School Evaluation Form and child-friendly School Improvement Plan. Furthermore, we develop an environment in which children feel safe to express themselves.
As a key member of our community, we also seek the parent’s opinions; a key voice in the open dialogue between home and school. Meetings, assemblies, coffee mornings and questionnaires give each parent ample opportunity to share their views and opinions. Our open door policy means that all parents are welcome and are encouraged to play an active role in the school.
The Rule of Law:
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced through the curriculum, school assemblies and external visitors. As a school, the children agree on the rules for behaviour every year through their Home-School Agreement. All the children support the school ethos and promote our values based education. This ensures that good behaviour is celebrated and teaches the children about the importance of everyone showing shared values.
All our children are involved in the rewards and sanctions within school, understand the importance of making the correct choices and know the consequences for making the wrong choices. Furthermore, and in-line with our values based education, children are given the opportunity to make amends for wrong choices and show that they respect our rules and ethos. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message.
We ensure that we educate and provide boundaries for children to make choices, learn, grow, take responsibility for their behaviour and to do so safely. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety talks, PSHE lessons and the re-iteration of our schools ethos.
One of our three core values and a fundamental aspect of our caring nature is respect. Respect is modelled, taught and expected every day and forms a key part of our values based education. Respect is consistent and discussed regularly with the children during assemblies, circle time and PSHE lessons. As a school, we ensure that all children respect one another and can value everyone as individuals.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:
At Lambley Primary School we understand our role in preparing the children to take their place in a culturally diverse society. Through our curriculum and enhancing the pupils understanding we are able to prepare them for ‘Life beyond Lambley’. We ensure that assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying are delivered and that the key messages are then re-enforced through the curriculum, trips and extra-curricular activities.