Fundamental British Values
We recognise our responsibility to prepare children for life in modern Britain and we are committed to ensuring that the fundamental British values are introduced, discussed and lived out through the ethos and work of our school. We value the diverse backgrounds of all pupils, staff and families and celebrate these through a wide range of lessons and events, teaching acceptance and respect for each other, the differences in our community and the wider world.
What are British Values?
The Government emphasises that schools are required to ensure that key British Values are taught in all UK schools.
Actively promoting British Values also means challenging pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British values, including extremist views.
The government set out its definition of British values in the Prevent Strategy:
The rule of law
Acceptance of those of different faiths and beliefs
At Crowthorne CofE we acknowledge that many other countries and societies share and promote these values.
British values at Crowthorne Church of England Primary School
The fundamental British Values are consistently modelled by all staff within the school community. They are also part of the PSHE Curriculum, delivered through the scheme ‘Lifewise’.
Democracy is an integral part of school life. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council and Pupil questionnaires.
Other examples include:
The Rule of Law:
The importance of laws, whether they be those rules 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 collective worship. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind boundaries, rules and laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences should rules and laws get broken.
Examples of activities include:
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 young pupils to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are guided on how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and PSHE lessons. Whether it be through choice of challenge, of how they record or participate in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.
Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy has revolved around core values such as ‘Respect’, and pupils have been part of discussions and collective worship related to what this means and how it is shown.
Examples of activities include:
Mutual respect is also taught within formal PSHE, RSE and RE lessons and on an informal nature throughout the school days. 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 policy and PSHE curriculum.
Acceptance and respect for those of Different Faiths and Beliefs and those with no faith:
As a church school, collective worship is fundamentally Christian in character, but recognises that those attending may have a wide range of faiths, or none.
Acceptance and respect of those of different faiths and beliefs is achieved through enhancing pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity.
Collective worship and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE and PSHE. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school.
British History within the Curriculum
Our school offers a range of curriculum topics which have strong links to Britain both past and present. As a school we encourage knowledge of current affairs that are significant to us as a nation. The History curriculum has been reviewed to ensure it is diverse and to challenge and remove any white British bias.
Daily acts of collective worship/ whole school assembly
We have acts of worship each day.
Our assemblies uphold traditional values of empathy, respect and acceptance. We attend church regularly and parents are invited to join us for each service.