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Promoting Fundamental British Values

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.”

 

In June 2014, the then secretary of state for education, Michael Gove, announced that schools would be required to promote British values from September 2014. Within the Galaxy Trust these values are reinforced regularly through a broad and balanced curriculum, including PSHE, in the following ways:

 

 

Democracy

Democracy is prevalent within our Trust. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through regular School Council Meetings and Pupil questionnaires. The elections of School Council Representatives and Eco-Warriors are based solely on pupil votes.  During Pupil Voice, pupils are given the opportunity to give their opinions on how they feel their learning is going and what the school can do to help them improve further.  Their opinions are taken into consideration and acted upon if necessary. Assemblies also reinforce democracy within our school and society.

 

The Rule of Law:

The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws; that they govern and protect us; the responsibilities involved in following laws; and the consequences when laws are broken. The Galaxy Trust’s Behaviour Policy clearly highlights the rules we must follow as schools and the consequences when they are broken.  Visits from authorities such as the Police; Fire Service; Lifeguards etc. are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message.  Rules are visible throughout the Trust and at the beginning of the year parents and children are asked to sign a home-school agreement whereby they agree to follow these very rules. 

 

Individual Liberty:

Within the Trust, pupils are actively encouraged to make informed choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a Trust we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make these choices safely. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these.  For example, through E-Safety and Resilient Classroom lessons. Whether it be through choice of challenge, or how they record their work, or participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities; pupils are given the freedom to make choices.

 

Mutual Respect:

Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy highlights our core values such as ‘Respect’, and pupils have been part of discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown.  They understand the importance of respect towards one another as well as towards all adults in the school.  This is further reiterated within lessons and through SMSC when children are working together within the classroom.  An expectation within the Trust is that all teachers model these values.

 

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:

This is achieved through enhancing pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE, PSHE and SMSC.  Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school, highlighting how lucky we are as a community to have individuals/families from such diverse backgrounds.

 

 

Overarching aims of PSHE include…

 

  • Values of Democracy
  • Identifying and combating discrimination of any kind
  • Freedom to choose and hold faiths/beliefs
  • Promoting tolerance between different cultural traditions
  • Enabling children to acquire an appreciation of their own and other cultures
  • Awareness of the differences of the law of the land and religious law
  • Challenge opinions and behaviours that are contrary to fundamental British values

 

Overarching aims of the IPC include…

 

DEMOCRACY:Allowing pupils opportunities to express their opinions and ideas in a safe and respectful environment through S and L activities, paired and group research tasks, hot seating and role playing;

MUTUAL RESPECT:Peer and group assessment work, throughout each unit, with high expectations of positive communication between all  parties;

TOLERANCE OF DIFFERENT FAITHS AND BELIEFS:Many units have specific Society and International foci which explicitly examine and promote the effects of positive relationships within a wider community and allow children to celebrate differences and embrace similarities whilst recognising that individuals all have freedom of choice.

Below is a closer look at some of the specific units being taught across the Federation in the coming academic year (2016-2017)

You will see that every year group, at some point during the year, has chosen a unit that, over and above the aforementioned opportunities, explicitly addresses British values.

Year Group

Term

Topic

Aspects covered within the topic:

How does this address government expectation on promoting British values?

1

3

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

Let’s Celebrate

 

 

 

 

The things people do

 

Developing positive relationships with others

Seeing ourselves as members of the wider community

Celebrating differences and recognising similarities

Exploring celebrations in different cultures

 

 

Understanding why people go on pilgrimages

 

 

Tolerance of different beliefs

Mutual respect

Democracy

 

 

 

Tolerance of different beliefs

 

 

 

2

1

 

 

5

People of the Past

 

Stories people tell

Exploring  the idea of ‘fairness’

 

 

Stories from other cultures and religions

 

Democracy

Individual Liberty

 

Tolerance  of different beliefs

3

3

Gateways to the world

About immigration and how and why people move between countries

Tolerance of different beliefs

Democracy

Individual Liberty

 

4

1

Living Together

We all belong to many different communities – family, friends, sports teams, activity groups etc. However, there is one thing that every community has in common – people. We must learn how to respect, support and work with other people if we hope to become
valuable contributors to the communities that we are a part of.

Tolerance of different beliefs

Mutual respect

Democracy

Individual Liberty

5

5

Champions for Change

One day, you should have the right to vote – to decide who will lead your country. What will you do with your vote? Which party or leader would you choose? What issues would get your attention? Politics is about taking an active role and interest in the future, to improve our lives and those of others.

Tolerance of different beliefs

Mutual respect

Democracy

Individual Liberty

6

2

AD 900

What holds an empire together? Perhaps it is faith – a belief in a single god or many different gods. Perhaps it is dependency – a need to work together and to help one another. Or perhaps it is leadership – strong individuals whose power and wisdom are admired. These bonds help to make empires strong. But the bigger they become, the more difficult they are to hold together…

Tolerance of different beliefs

Mutual respect

Democracy

Individual Liberty

Within the Galaxy Trust a broad Curriculum is covered.  We follow the International Primary Curriculum and within there are ample opportunities where British Values are taught and addressed.

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