How do we promote these British Values at Town End Junior School ?
The Department for Education have recently reinforced the need for 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.”
Our pupils say....
Isaac in Y5 remembers," We had a street party to celebrate the Queens' 90th birthday. we played musical thrones, find the crown jewels and knocked down London Bridge. The queen makes the laws, we have to follow the rules so we don't go to jail."
Felicity (8yrs old) thinks, "Democracy .... in the olden days only men could vote for government. but now it is an open opportunity for all the public to vote. I have to be 18yrs old. We are democratic in school and vote for Class School Council, our Eco Warriors, some class votes and in assemblies.
Reuben agreed with Felicity and said, it is about honesty and if children cheat it is not fair and they get told off."
Amy in Y5 thinks, "The government decide what is good for us - we have to vote for our government. only men used to vote but now woman can too. We are a free society, which is called democratic."
Jasmine (Y5), we respect our school and ours and others property - for example treating the hoola hoops carefully. I wouldn't hurt other peoples' feelings because its not the right thing to do. I ask other kindly if I want them to be quiet. adults in school treat me nicely and I respect them because they listen to me when I ask for something."
In Year 4, Reuben says, " I can pick what I can be, so if your parents want you to be Christian , you can be, but when you grow up, you can be any religion you want."
Ben (Y5) says, its about human rights. we have the right to do anything that is not against the law - we have the right to work and right to play, go to school and the right to choose what to do. Not everyone in the world can do this."
Joel in Year 4 comments, "I show respect when I'm in school to teachers and children and to other adults as well by being kind and helpful; sharing ideas and listening."
We learn the fundamentals of these values through our curriculum and daily activities in school. See below.
The fundamentals of Democracy are taught in our Ancient Greece topic, as children learn about early democracy. It is developed and promoted through democratic discussion and voting for school council representatives, and encouraged within the school with Pupil voice heard in assemblies, class and school decision making. Pupil questionnaires seek views for responses to changes and for further improvements which pupils feel would improve their school, for example Senior leaders consult pupils’ opinions on changes in timetables, learning, topics and resources. We challenge injustice; discuss injustices in school such as equality between boys and girls, injustices in the past e.g. Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, as well as challenging and discussing ‘Daily World News’ issues which arise e.g. Elections and the devolution of Scotland in 2014. We consider it important to address fears and concerns in the news and through these reinforce our own British democracy values.
The Rule of Law
School rules are reinforced and agreed by all pupils and parents in the home school agreement at the beginning of each year and with termly reminders in assemblies through our 5R’s . Our children are taught right from wrong and understand that behaviour can earn rewards or lead to consequences. Children who consistency apply rules are celebrated regularly and those who do not understand that this leads to ‘think slips’ - time to reconsider choices made and what rule ‘law’ they may have broken. These rewards and consequences are reinforced through celebration and reminders about why laws and rules exist; to protect and keep us safe, and reflect laws of society in general. The weekly attendance cup, and certificates for improved attendance are supported by conversations concerning attendance at school as a rule of law. Regular visits by the Tibshelf PCSO, Derbyshire Fire service and Road safety teams in classes and assemblies reinforces key issues in the community and develops respect for emergency services and societies rules.
Pupils say that in school they feel safe and secure; this is our foundation for helping pupils to make choices and learn from any mistakes. Through our teaching we encourage pupils to ‘have a go’ and challenge themselves and make considered choices. Pupils know they will be listened to and can express their opinions, including through learning about their own and others safety in Anti-bullying week and E-safety lessons. Pupils’ express their freedom of choice in class and in school council meetings. Pupil discussions also take place with Senior Leaders and with each other, such as with the Y6 minileaders on the playground. Pupils work together towards achieving team points and winning the end of term team point challenge. In addition, we support the work of Child Line and workshops for older pupils reinforce freedoms of speech.
We have high expectations of behaviour and expect pupils to show the same respect and courtesy to all adults in school, including visitors. Restorative practices are used by staff to teach pupils to see, understand and value the ‘other side’ of issues, and thus learn to respect other pupils’ points of view. Our school rules and behaviour policy reiterate the respect for the right of the teacher to teach and respect for pupils to learn. The children hold many positions of responsibility in school and wear badges to show their roles; such as prefects, buddies, mini leaders, tuck shop leaders. They expect respect from other pupils. All pupils are treated with equal respect regardless of needs; pupils are aware that some children need additional support and we promote tolerance and respect of differences through discussion and having an open and clear inclusion policy.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
We recognise the importance of teaching pupils in Tibshelf about the diversity of faiths and beliefs in wider society. We do this by giving pupils’ opportunities to learn about other major world religions through Assemblies and weekly RE lessons. Members of different faiths or religions within the school community, such as our Jewish family, enhance pupils’ understanding with first hand sharing of beliefs, experiences, customs and celebrations. Any prejudice based bullying is resolved in discussions and supported by learning in Religious Education and Personal, Social and Health Education. Town End has been awarded the International Schools award as we work alongside other schools in France and are currently developing links with a school in Dubai.