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British Values

Democracy – what do we do?

  • Provide pupils with a broad general knowledge of, and promote respect for, public institutions and services
  • Teach pupils how they can influence decision-making through the democratic process
  • Include in the curriculum information on the advantages and disadvantages of democracy and how it works in Britain
  • Encourage pupils to become involved in decision-making processes and ensure they are listened to in school
  • Hold ‘mock elections’ so pupils learn how to argue and defend points of view
  • Involve pupils in decision making. E.g. – selection of Pupil Leadership team
  • Conduct pupil surveys to evaluate progress
  • Help pupils to express their views
  • Model how perceived injustice can be peacefully challenged
  • Democracy is shown through the selected history topics
  • Circle Time and discussion groups

The Rule of Law – what do we do?

  • Ensure school rules and expectations are clear and fair
  • Classroom Code of Conduct agreed each year
  • Promote school rules through positive reinforcement and clear consistent display
  • Help pupils to distinguish right from wrong
  • Help pupils to respect the law and the basis on which it is made
  • Help pupils to understand that living under the rule of law protects individuals
  • Include visits from the police and other services across the year
  • Teach pupils aspects of both civil and criminal law and discuss how this might differ from some religious laws

Individual Liberty – what do we do?

  • Support pupils to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Encourage pupils to take responsibility for their behaviour, as well as knowing their rights
  • Model freedom of speech through pupil participation, while ensuring protection of vulnerable pupils and promoting critical analysis of evidence
  • Celebrate notable historical figures (e.g.- Rosa Parks) in assemblies and through a thematic approach to learning
  • Challenge stereotypes
  • Ensure a strong anti-bullying culture, including anti-bullying week
  • E-Safety promoted through focus weeks and display/active monitoring

Mutual Respect – what do we do?

  • Promote respect for individual differences
  • Help pupils to acquire an understanding of, and respect for, their own and other cultures and ways of life
  • Challenge prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour
  • Learning to disagree in a respectful way
  • Develop critical personal thinking skills

Tolerance of Those of Different Faiths and Beliefs – what do we do?

  • Study and share practices of individual religions
  • Develop links with faith and other communities through RE and working alongside children and their families
  • Organise visits to a range of places of worship including the local church and mosque
  • Invite members of the faith community to deliver assemblies linked to school themes
  • Reference religious events in school, e.g. – Christmas, Diwali, Eid, Hanukah, etc

Identifying Radicalisation – what do we do?

  • Deliver regular school training for staff (Prevent)
  • Promote an open culture which encourages children to report any concerns they have as a responsibility to themselves and others