British Values at Southam Primary School
At Southam Primary School we value the diversity and backgrounds of all children, families and the wider community. Our school reflects British values in all that we do. We aim to support and nurture our children on their journey through life so that they can grow into responsible, tolerant, caring adults who make a positive difference to British society and to the world. We encourage our children to be unique, open minded and independent, respectful of themselves and of others in our school, our local community and the wider world.
The Department for Education defines British Values as:
The rule of law
Mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
- We encourage a democratic culture where children are empowered to make a meaningful contribution to decisions that directly relate to themselves. Children have the opportunity to have their voices heard through pupil surveys, School Council, focus groups.
- We have an active School Council who make a valuable contribution to our school. Members are elected by their peers and all children have an involvement in this democratic process.
- Children at Southam Primary School are encouraged to develop an open mind in an environment where enquiry is encouraged and questions valued.
- Children at Southam Primary School are involved in the selection proves of new members of staff.
- Processes where children are encouraged to vote are embedded in to our curriculum and additional opportunities are identified in line with local and national events.
The Rule of Law
- Children are supported to distinguish between right and wrong in the classroom, in assemblies and on the playground.
- Expectations of our children are clear, fair, actively promoted and positively reinforced. Expectations are reinforced through discussion between children and staff.
- Children are encouraged to respect civil and criminal law. Children enjoy visits from the local police to help reinforce this understanding.
- Our children develop an understanding of how the law keeps them safe and the importance of the law in their futures.
- Our children are encouraged to be independent learners and are given the freedom to make their own choices knowing they are in a safe and supportive environment.
- Children are encouraged to take responsibility for their own behaviours- social and learning and explore the language of emotions, enabling them to reflect on differences and understand that we are all free to have our own opinions.
- Stereotypes are challenged and a strong anti-bullying culture is embedded where children are encouraged to challenge any form of bullying.
- Children have key roles and responsibilities e.g. buddy readers, reception buddies, class councillors, learning detectives, e cadets, peer mentors.
- Our safe and supportive environment promotes a culture where positive self-image and self-esteem are nurtured to increase children’s confidence in their own abilities.
Mutual Respect and Tolerance
- We expect all children to show respect to each other and members of the community. Children develop a thorough understanding of what is expected and how to demonstrate respect.
- Diversity and equality are valued. Children discuss their understanding of other cultures, faiths, ethnicity, disability, gender and develop respectful attitudes.
- Through celebrations our children acquire a respect for their own and other cultures.
- Links, visitors and visits are actively promoted with local faith communities and places of worship.
- We offer a culturally rich and diverse curriculum in which a range if religions, national and global communities are studies and respected.
- We encourage our children to have a positive influence on the local community and to engage in community wide projects.