How do we promote fundamental British values in school?
We promote fundamental British values in school in a variety of different ways. Our school values are at the heart of everything we do. We promote and share our school motto with our feeder Junior School-‘Be Positive, Keep Learning.’
Our school council is elected annually. Counsellors’ apply to represent the school and are encouraged to tell us the skills that they possess. School Council members listen to and voice the opinions of their peers at meetings and after discussion positive action is taken. The work of the school council is dedicated to positively promoting the school.
Recent school council projects have included a school project and a local area/ community project. First of all, they sought the views of their school peers and as a result new toys for use outside at playtimes and lunchtimes were purchased, they also organised a fund raising event in school-‘A wear something red day’ and a Defibrillator was purchased which they promoted locally by distributing leaflets to local businesses. The Defibrillator is available to the local community for use during school opening hours.
Values underpin the assembly worship plan along with the teaching that takes place in these. While some assemblies celebrate key world events-festivals –both Christian following the annual calendar and related to world religions-for example-Harvest, Remembrance, Christmas, Easter, Diwali, Chinese New Year etc, others are related to PHSCE, work in school, tolerance and promote equality and celebrate difference.
Special events to celebrate ‘British values’ are held-Year 2 visit the local cenotaph on Armistice day and lay a wreath to remember this. The Queens’ Diamond Jubilee was celebrated with an outdoor party and an event will be arranged to celebrate her 90th birthday this year. Children were presented with mementoes for this and to commemorate the centenary of World War One.
Links are made to the local community where possible. The local Salvation Army and the Methodist RE team visit school every term and lead an Assembly. Years 1 and 2 visit the local church and local clergy also visit school. We have an annual Christmas carol concert in church which is attended by both invited parents and children in school.
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