Sandown Primary School and Nursery Promotes British Values
Our promotion of British Values in school
As a school, we value and celebrate the diverse heritages of everybody. Alongside this, we value and celebrate being part of Britain. In general terms, this means that we celebrate traditions and customs in the course of the year; for example, Harvest Festival during the autumn term and Christmas celebrations. These also include valuing and celebrating national events.
Further to this, children learn about being part of Britain from different perspectives. They learn where Britain is in relation to the rest of Europe and other countries in the world and about significant events in British history such as ‘The Gunpowder plot’ and key historical figures.
Promoting British values at Sandown Primary School and Nursery
We agree with the Department for Education’s five-part definition of British values:
• the rule of law
• individual liberty
• mutual respect
• tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
At Sandown, pupils will encounter these principles throughout everyday school life.
Children at Sandown have the opportunity for their voice to be heard through our school council which meets regularly to discuss issues raised within the school/classroom They are elected by their class peers and are involved in making the school a better place to learn. There is an agenda, issues are discussed and minutes taken. The council is able to genuinely effect change within the school and gives our children a better understanding of democracy. E.g. in Key Stage 2 pupils debated the pros and cons of wearing a school uniform, being given homework and their feelings towards lunchtime. In addition, children, staff and parents/carers have the opportunity to voice their views in the form of pupil voices and questionnaires.
The Rule of Law
At Sandown the importance of laws are consistently reinforced. Pupils are taught the value and reason behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken.
We promote the rule of law by:-
- Having a clear, consistent behaviour policy (based upon positive rewards i.e. Funky Friday assembly, handwriting badges, times table badges and silver jumpers) which is consistently applied throughout the school.
- Providing opportunities for children to reflect about positive and negative behaviour.
- Road Safety and awareness is taught throughout the curriculum and pupils are given the opportunity to participate in Bikeability.
- Developing good links with authorities such as our Police Community Support Officer and local Fire Service.
- Addressing issues of law during whole-school assemblies as and when appropriate.
- Encouraging visits from external agencies to talk to the children in school.
- Using our reward system to acknowledge good behaviour as well as good academic work.
- E-Safety is regularly discussed with pupils in computing lessons.
Alongside rules and laws, we promote freedom of choice and the right to respectfully express views and beliefs. There are many opportunities for child-led learning. In a variety of curriculum areas pupils make choices about how they work and choose to challenge themselves.
- Pupils are actively encouraged to make choices at our school, knowing that they are within a safe and supportive environment.
- Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our e-Safety and PHSE lessons.
- Children are encouraged to understand responsibility in school in terms of behaviour and attitude to learning.
- Home / school agreements for all pupils are in place. One of our school’s mottos is to bring home and school together.
- Pupils are taught how to be safe and how to act safely. This is given an additional emphasis during anti-bullying week.
- We offer a range of lunchtime activities and afterschool clubs which pupils have the freedom to choose from, based on their interests and needs.
Mutual respect is at the core of our school life. Good manners and respect are encouraged and endorsed from all members of our school community. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others and are encouraged to respect and appreciate each other; no matter what differences may exist.
At Sandown, children learn respect through:
- The promotion of positive relationships.
- The modelling of positive relationships by all adults working in school.
- All aspects of the curriculum, in particular the R.E and Personal, Social and Health Education curriculum (as successfully working in groups requires respect for each other).
- The work of the school council.
- The positive reward system developed to promote respect.
- Our Funky Friday assembly when all pupils show respect for the efforts of others.
- Participation in events organised to raise money for various and local charities; some are chosen and voted on by the school council e.g. Red Nose Day for Comic Relief, Mufti Day for St Michaels Hospice, selling poppies in school.
- Learning to reside with their peers on educational residential visits.
- Harvest gifts collected and delivered to the local homeless charity.
- Lunch catering for different needs.
- Children learn songs from a variety of cultures and play instruments, celebrating different national and global communities.
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
We put a large emphasis on promoting diversity with the children at Sandown.
Tolerance is promoted in our school through:
- Our vision statement.
- Assemblies which are regularly planned to include stories and celebrations from a variety of faiths and cultures e.g. Diwali.
- Our RE and PSHE curriculum- different religions, customs and family groups are taught throughout the school.
- Educational visits to places of religious worship e.g. the local church; children make poppies and lay them at the memorial statue during Remembrance Day.
- The school’s equal opportunities policy.
- Members of different faiths or religions are invited in to assemblies to share their knowledge of their culture and beliefs with the children.
- Using world events as opportunities to positively reinforce life and culture in other countries (football world cup, the Olympics, etc.).
We believe that tolerance is gained through knowledge and understanding. Through our curriculum and the routines of our daily school life, we strive to demonstrate tolerance and help children to become knowledgeable and understanding citizens.
As well as actively promoting British Values, the opposite applies; we would actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views.