Promoting Fundamental British Values
In accordance with The Department for Education 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 living in England are subject to its law.
At Eynesbury Church of England Primary School, we teach these values across the whole curriculum, during Collective Worship and throughout the school day. We believe that modelling these values is key - tolerance and respect permeate our school culture. Pupils elect their own school councillors annually and develop school and class rules. We also plan a wide variety of extra-curricular trips and visitors to teach children about democracy in action (for example, a representative from the court) and which build respect for different faiths (for example our visit to the Bedford Faith Tour where the children visit a Sikh Gurdwarah, a mosque and a Christian church).
The Key Values are:
- rule of law
- individual liberty
- mutual respect
- tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
These values are actively promoted through collective worship, our school golden rules, electing and running our school council. They are taught explicitly through Personal, Social, Health Education (PSHE), Citizenship and Religious Education (RE). We also teach British Values through planning and delivering our broad, balanced and enriched curriculum which includes real opportunities for exploring these values.
Teaching and Promoting British Values at Eynesbury Church of England 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 Prevent Strategy. At Eynesbury these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Democracy is richly embedded within our school.
- Each year the children decide upon their class rules and responsibilities at the beginning of the school year and the rights associated with these. All children in our school have a voice through our school council and pupil interviews . The council has makes decisions such as involvement in charity events and decision to effect change within the school. Every child on the student council is voted in by their class.
Children have an annual questionnaire where they are able to put forward their views about the
- Our school behaviour policy involves rewards and sanctions runs through all aspects of school life and is shared with parents and carers.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, school, or the country are constantly reinforced at Eynesbury.
- All children are taught from an early age the rules of the school. These are our School Code of Conduct, Playground Rules and Safety Rules. Our children follow the school rules, these are reinforced regularly throughout the day. Children are taught the value and reasons behind rules and laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authority, e.g. the Police, PCSOs and fire service help reinforce this message. In Year 5 and 6 the children gain an understanding of criminal responsibility through teaching.
- To encourage and promote good behaviour, attitude and work we have a whole school house point reward system. We are also committed to praising children’s efforts at all times (behaviour, achievement and general) through verbal praise, raffle tickets and achievement certificates which are shared during our celebration assembly.
At Eynesbury, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and
- 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 PSHE lessons.
- Through our Restorative Approach to behaviour management, pupils are encourage to consider how the choices they make impact on others.
- Children are actively encouraged to make choices at our school, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment.
- Children are given the freedom to make choices, e.g. signing up for extra-curricular clubs
Mutual respect is at the heart of our Christian values. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others.
- 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.
- All members of our school community treat each other with respect.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
Eynesbury is limited by the lack of diversity reflective of St Neots, however we actively promote diversity through our celebrations of different faiths and cultures and visits to other areas which have greater diversity - for example the Bedford Faith Tour. During this visit children explore places of worship that are important to different faiths.
- Religious Education lessons and PSHE lessons reinforce messages of tolerance and respect for others.
- Members of different faiths and religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school.