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 2011 Prevent Strategy.
Each year at Tower Primary School the children decide upon their class charter sometimes referred to as 'golden rules' and the rights and responsibilities associated with these. All the children contribute to the drawing up of the charter.
Our children have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. We have a Student Council which meets with the Head Teacher to discuss issues raised in Pupil Voice Assemblies. These are times when our children meet in mixed age groups to talk about a range of issues. Two students from each class are voted to the Student Council in an anonymous vote.
The Rule of Law
The importance of Laws- the class, the school, or the country- are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with inappropriate behaviour and through assemblies. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service help reinforce this message.
Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for all pupils to make choices safely, through our safe environment and 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 E-Safety and PSHE lessons. Our pupils have many areas in which they exercise choices: in their learning challenges, how they record their learning and through their participation in our extra-curricular clubs and opportunities.
Mutual respect is fundamental to the success of our school community. 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.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
At Tower Primary School we celebrate being a culturally diverse school with children from a wide range of heritages and faiths. We ensure that we include stories and celebrations from a variety of faiths and cultures. Our RE, PSHE teaching reinforce this. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. Children visit places of worship that are important to different faiths.