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BRITISH VALUES

AT NEWLANDS PRIMARY SCHOOL

At Newlands Primary School we believe in a learning culture where everyone feels excited, valued and respected.

 

The DfE has recently reinforced the need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs”

 

The Government set out its definition of British Values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values were reiterated in 2014. At Newlands these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways.......

Picture 1 Voting in the school council elections
Picture 2 Voting in the school council elections

Democracy

  • All children are involved in the democratic process of choosing, by voting, School Council representatives each year. The voting system replicates the system used in local/general elections.
  • The School Council meets regularly to discuss issues raised in class. The council has its own budget and is able to effect change in the school.
  • All children are also involved in the process of selecting their class representative for the Eco Team and the RRSA steering group.
  • Prefects, Sports Ambassadors and House Captains apply for the post and, once appointed, democratically make decisions.
  •  Each class will vote on their Marble Treat Reward (or Year 6 100% Effort Reward).
  • Within the curriculum, the Year 5 topic on Ancient Greece examines the origins of Democracy.
  • Assemblies on General and Local Elections.
  • The use of P4C to develop the ability to express their opinions. 
Picture 1 Working together to learn how to make safe choices

Individual Liberty

  • Children at Newlands are encouraged to make choices in a safe, secure and supportive environment.
  • The PSHE curriculum teaches awareness about making choices.
  • Children are given freedom to make choices including the lunch menu, extra-curricular clubs at lunchtime and after school as well as involvement in the Performing Arts Showcase.
  • The use of P4C to develop the ability to express their opinions.
  • The curriculum is created to ensure that the children can make choices about their own learning, for example level of learning challenge, how they record their work, the methods they use to solve a problem, choice of homework activity.
Picture 1 We enjoyed meeting our local PCSO
Picture 2 We enjoyed meeting our local PCSO
Picture 3 Finding out about about Road Safety

The Rule of Law

  • The School Behaviour Policy: this includes explaining to the children their rights, responsibilities and the consequences when the Policy is not adhered to.
  • Newlands is a UNICEF Rights Respecting School which means that the children are taught about the rights of the child and how that is implemented in law. Class Charters reflect these rights.
  • Children are taught to have a knowledge of and respect of the School Rules, including Playground Rules and E-Safety Rules.
  • Visits from the fire, ambulance and police service promote knowledge and understanding of the rule of law within Britain.
  • The SRE and Science curriculum includes specific knowledge concerning smoking, drugs and healthy living and the laws around these areas.
  • Year 5 Bikeability Course includes learning about the importance of the rules of the road.
  • Prefects act as positive role models.
Picture 1 Finding out about different cultures and customs
Picture 2 Finding out about different cultures and customs

Mutual Respect

  • As a Rights Respecting School, mutual respect is at the heart of our values and this is reflected in our school rules.
  • Newlands has an Inclusive Ethos.
  • Staff, Prefects, House Captains and Sports Ambassadors act as role models to the wider school community.
  • The use of P4C to develop the children’s abilities to respect the rights of others to express a different opinion.
  • SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) is taught across all year groups as part of the PSHE curriculum.
  • The use of the 4W sheet allows children to reflect on how their actions have impacted on others.
  • The work of the Eco Team promotes respect for our planet and the environment.
Picture 1 Learning about different religious festivals

Tolerance of Those with Different Faiths and Beliefs and Those with No Faith

  • Different faiths and beliefs are explored and celebrated through assemblies and the RE curriculum.
  • Assemblies and the RE curriculum include festivals from a wide variety of faiths and cultures.
  • Members of different faiths and religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school.
  • Arts Week celebrates diversity, including different cultures and religions.
  • The Music Curriculum celebrates diversity.
  • Both the Rights Respecting Schools Award and P4C actively promote respect and tolerance for others.
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