At Prince Rock Primary we value the diverse backgrounds of all pupils, families and the wider school community. The Department for Education state 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”. We promote these values through our own school values, curriculum and enrichment activities.
The Department for Education defines British Values as follows:
- Respect for democracy and support or participation in the democratic process
- Respect for the basis on which the law is made and applies in England
- Support for equality of opportunity for all
- Support and respect for the liberties of all within the law
- Respect for and tolerance of different faiths and religious and other beliefs.
At Prince Rock Primary, we actively promote British values in the following ways:
- The principle of democracy is explored during assemblies, in the wider curriculum and is embedded throughout the SMSC scheme of work. A small group of also visit the Palace of Westminster on an annual basis where we are immersed in democracy and democratic systems.
- All children are encouraged to debate topics of interest, express their views and make a meaningful contribution to class discussions.
- Our school has an active school council, elected by the pupils. They have a pupil voice in the running of the school and have an active involvement in the selection processes of new staff.
- Children also have the opportunity to have their voices heard through pupil questionnaires and surveys.
Rule of Law
- Our school follows a clear and fair Behaviour Policy where:
- We have high expectations about pupil conduct and this is reflected in our Behaviour Policy.
- Our class and school rules are integral to the learning and ethos of our school. There is a clear reward and sanction policy in place at Prince Rock and a weekly celebration assembly which rewards outstanding contributions made by children both in and out of school, including ‘Stars of the Week’. These awards are featured in the weekly newsletter. For consistent demonstration of our values special rewards are given. Pupils are nominated by members of staff and the winners of each category celebrated in termly assemblies, where they receive a trophy to share with their families!
- Pupils are encouraged to respect the law and our pupils enjoy visits from authorities such as the Police, Fire Service and the armed forces, to help reinforce this message.
- The Behaviour, E-Safety and Anti-Bullying policies set out a zero tolerance baseline for any form of aggression, abuse or violence, which extends to pupils, staff and parents/carers.
- Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely.
- Pupils are supported to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence. They are taught about personal responsibility, choices, ambition and aspiration. Pupils are encouraged to take opportunities to follow their interests in art, music, sport etc.
- Pupils are taught about the importance of making the right choices and are encouraged to take responsibility for their behaviour and actions.
- Children are taught how to keep themselves safe, including on-line. This is through computing lessons, assemblies and outside organisations such as the CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre), as well as through the PSHE/SMSC curriculum.
- Vulnerable pupils are protected and stereotypes challenged. A strong anti-bullying culture is embedded in the school due to the inclusion of an annual Anti-Bullying week and any form of bullying is challenged and addressed. The school also operates a robust system of logging incidents.
- Pupils have key roles and responsibilities in school e.g. mentoring younger children, role-models/purple jumpers in year 6 and School Council.
Mutual Respect and Tolerance of those with Different Faiths and Beliefs
- Through daily practice, pupils know and understand that it is expected that respect is shown to everyone: adults and children.
- The curriculum ensures that pupils are helped to acquire an understanding of, and respect for, their own and other cultures and ways of life.
- Staff and pupils are encouraged to challenge prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour.
- Links and visits are promoted with local faith communities and places of worship. E.g. Members of different faiths or religions are invited to school to share their knowledge and enhance learning within assemblies and in class.
- Through the PSHE and RE curriculums pupils are encouraged to discuss and respect differences between people, such as differences of faith, ethnicity, disability, gender or sexuality and differences of family situations.
- Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudiced-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in e-safety, RE and PSHEE.
- Through building relationships with other schools locally and internationally, pupils are taught to respect other cultures and broaden their understanding of the traditions of different nations.