British Values at Newlands 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 were reiterated in 2014. At Newlands these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways. We keep a record of teaching and learning opportunities.
How we promote British Values at Newlands Primary School
We have a School Council with members from Reception through to Year 6.The Council meets regularly with our PSHE lead teacher and the Headteacher. The aim of the meetings is to seek the children’s views and opinions on a range of school issues. Sometimes the council member’s feedback to their class and sometimes they collect class views which they represent at the meeting. The council has its own budget and is able to effect change within the school. Every child on the school council is voted in by their class.
Each year a pupil leadership team is elected from Year 6. Children who would like to be considered are required to complete an application form and include a supporting statement about why they should be chosen. The pupil leadership take responsibility for tasks around the school, such as managing and running our school house point shop and opening events open to parents and the public.
Through our curriculum, children are taught about and encouraged to respect public institutions and services. We do this by inviting into school a range of visitors from the local community as well as visiting places in the area, such as the mosque and church.
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 Newlands Primary School. Visits from authorities, such as the Police and Fire Service, help reinforce this message.
Children are taught from an early age the rules of the school. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind our school rules, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when rules are broken. Each class agrees its own class rules at the beginning of the academic year. For more information, please read our school Anti-Bullying & Behaviour Policy in the Policies section of our website.
We use the restorative justice approach at Newlands which is based on these four principles:
Newlands 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 informed choices, through a safe environment and an 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 eSafety and PSHCE work.
We have a robust anti-bullying culture with behaviour and safety policies in place. Please see the Policies section of our website.
Mutual Respect and Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
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.
We provide opportunities for the children to visit places of worship and we actively encourage visitors from a range of communities and organisations into school.
The school supports a variety of charities each year and plans fundraising and awareness-raising activities to support those charities.