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British Values Statement

The Department for Education states that there is a 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.' 

We aim to actively promote British Values in schools to ensure young people leave school prepared for life in modern Britain.  Pupils are encouraged to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance and understand that while different people may hold different views about what is 'right' and 'wrong', all people who live in England are subject to its laws.

 

The Key Values are:

  • democracy
  • rule of law
  • individual liberty
  • mutual respect
  • tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

At Swinderby, we actively promote British Values in the following ways:

 

Democracy

Pupils are encouraged to debate topics of interest and express their views.  This is done through class discussions, the School Council, Junior Road Safety Officers ( JRSO's) and Junior Police Cadets

( JCPCSO's), questionnaires, surveys and assemblies.

Children are taught to have a knowledge of and respect for public institutions and services.  They learn about democracy through History and how this works in modern day Britain.

 

Rule of Law

School and class rules are clear and fair and are written in the school's Behaviour policy.  We encourage children to make good choices about their behaviour.  We encourage children to understand the differences between right and wrong.  We help children to understand the law and to understand that living under it helps to protect individuals and to keep them safe.  The Junior Police Cadets hold regular assemblies and talk to the school about issues such as trick or treating at Halloween and safety on Bonfire Night.  The police visit regularly as part of this work.  Visits are also arranged by the Fire and Ambulance Service.

 

Individual liberty

At school, children are encouraged, and given the freedom to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. They are encouraged to take responsibility for their behaviour, as well as knowing their rights.  Freedom of speech is encouraged through the School Council and children are encouraged to exercise their rights and personal responsibilities in a safe way through PHSE, assemblies and class discussions.  Children are encouraged to take on individual responsibilities through the Reading Buddy schemes, Playground Buddies, Library and Office helpers. There is a strong anti- bullying culture and children are taught about E-Safety through the Lincolnshire Safeguarding Board.  The NSPCC also talk to the children every two to three years and the telephone for ChildLine is displayed around school.

 

Mutual Respect and Tolerance of Those with Different Faiths and Beliefs

Though our christian ethos we promote respect for individual differences and pupils understand that respect is shown to everyone, both adults and children.  We help them develop an understanding of, and respect for, their own and other cultures and ways of life. Staff are pupils are encouraged to challenge prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour.  There are links with different faith groups who are invited into school to share their experiences in class and assemblies.  Visits are encouraged to different places of worship and through the PHSE and RE curriculum pupils are encouraged to discuss and respect differences between people.  There are many opportunities to share activities with children from other schools.