Promoting Core British Values
At Romiley Primary School we value the diverse background of all of our pupils, their families and the wider community we serve. We are committed to promoting an inclusive environment for all and we achieve this by promoting British Values and challenging opinions contrary to fundamental British values or those described as ‘extremist’ views.
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.”
The government set out its definition of British Values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy and these values were reiterated by the Prime Minister David Cameron in June 2014.
Here are some examples of things we do at Romiley Primary School to promote British Values (click on each tab below to see more information).
- Democratic voting – school council, sports ambassadors, house captains, prefects, whole school charities etc. All children are given the opportunity to campaign, write speeches and take part in a ballot box vote.
- Pupil voice – whole school ‘pupil voice’ suggestion box; questionnaires; subject monitoring; school council meetings.
- Policy making – pupil views are taken into account when setting new policy. Pupils directly involved in the development of the ‘Child-friendly Anti-Bullying Policy’.
- School and class rules – across the school children are taught the value and reasons behind rules and national laws that protect us; that actions have consequences. Our behaviour systems reinforce that there are consequences when rules and laws are broken.
- Codes of conduct – school councillors sign a job description/contract. If they fail to abide then they may lose their place on the council.
- Visitors – Members of Parliament, Fire Safety, NSPCC etc.
- Road Safety /Bikeability
- Pupil choices – children are encouraged to make choices every day, for example ordering their lunches; choice of activities during free play or Golden Time; chilli challenges where children choose the work they would like to complete.
- Extra-curricular clubs – there is a wide range of extracurricular clubs available to children; they have the freedom of choice to attend clubs before, after or during school.
- School ethos – the behaviour and manners around the school show that mutual respect is embedded into school life at Romiley Primary School. Examples include holding the door open for others; offering to help others; knocking before entering a room when going in to count house points; welcoming visitors from other schools, etc.
- School values – our values are reflected in our class rules, displays, behaviour systems and curriculum opportunities. Children are rewarded for showing good core values using the ‘Spot Light’ certificate or ‘Have go superhero’ award.
- Circle Time – used to explore key values.
- Assemblies – Whole school and Key Stage often have a strong PSHE or SMSC theme and values are explored and discussed regularly. Current issues are also discussed.
- House Captains/Ambassadors/Prefects – our peer leaders remind children in their house of good core values of behaviour in school and towards others when visiting classrooms to count house points.
- RE Curriculum – our scheme of work enhances children’s understanding of their place in society and provides opportunities for them to learn about different faiths and cultures and visit places of worship.
- Religious Celebration – key dates within different faiths and cultures are celebrated in school by special assemblies, themed lunches, visitors and performances.
- British events – we participate in British events such as the Royal Jubilee, Royal Weddings, Political Elections and Remembrance events. The school council also sell poppies for the Poppy Appeal in the lead up to Remembrance Day.
- Great Britain representation at sporting events – celebration and covering of athletes competing in the Olympics, Commonwealth Games, World Cup, etc.
At Romiley Primary School we aim to teach and promote British Values in all areas of school life and across the curriculum. They are embedded within our school ethos and the values of our school. We reinforce these values regularly by celebrating traditions such as Easter and Christmas with an annual trip to the pantomime. We also value and celebrate national events including: Royal weddings, jubilees and sporting events such as the Olympics and the Commonwealth Games. The children also learn about being part of Britain from different perspectives as part of the humanities subjects. In Religious Education (RE) we learn about different beliefs and cultures. Through geography we gain a better understanding of where Britain is and what it looks like in comparison to other counties. We also look at where Britain is in relation to Europe and the rest of the world. In many of our history lessons the children enjoy learning about British history and within their topics learn about different monarchs and look at how life has changed during a period of time.