Promoting Fundamental British Values at Weddington Primary School
In accordance with The Department for Education we aim to actively promote British Values at Weddington Primary school to ensure young people leave our school prepared for life in modern Britain. Children are encouraged to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance and understand that, while different people may hold different views about what is 'right' and 'wrong', all people living in England are subject to its law.
The Key Values we explore are:
* rule of law
* individual liberty
* mutual respect
* tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
At Weddington Primary school we provide children with a broad and balanced curriculum. We continuously evaluate and develop our provision to ensure that, alongside our curriculum, children have effective spiritual, moral, social and cultural experiences. In this way we hope to prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life in modern Britain.
Below is a brief outline of how we explore the British values outlined above:
* Provide our children with a broad general knowledge of, and promote respect for, public institutions and services.
* Teach our children 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 our children to become involved in decision-making processes and ensure they are listened to in school.
* Help children to express their views confidently and respectfully.
* Model how perceived injustice can be peacefully challenged.
* Democracy is shown through history topics such as the Vikings and Saxons
* Circle Time and discussion groups
Rule of law
* Ensure our school values and expectations are clear and fair.
* Help children to distinguish between rights from wrong.
* Help children to respect the law and the basis on which it is made.
* Help children to understand that living under the rule of law protects individuals.
* Include visits from members of the wider community including police, the fire service and many more.
* Teach children aspects of both civil and criminal law and discuss how this might differ from some religious laws.
* Support children to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence.
* Encourage our children to take responsibility for their behaviour, as well as knowing their rights.
* Model freedom of speech through child participation, while ensuring protection of vulnerable children and promoting critical analysis of evidence.
* Challenge stereotypes, implement a strong anti-bullying culture and through Online Safety throughout school.
Respect and tolerance
* Promote respect for individual differences.
* Help children to acquire an understanding of, and respect for, their own and other cultures and ways of life.
* Challenge prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour.
* Organise visits to places of worship.
* Develop links with faith and other communities through RE and working alongside children and their families.
* Learning to disagree in a respectful way.
* Develop critical personal thinking skills.
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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