British Values

Schools, through their curriculum, are legally bound to actively promote the fundamental British values.

 

How can this be done at Malton Community Primary School?

‘actively promote …'

  • Focus on, and show how, the school’s work is effective in securing these values
  • Challenging pupils, staff or parents who express opinions contrary to British values

Democracy – what do we do?

  • Provide pupils with a broad general knowledge of, and promote respect for, public institutions and services
  • Teach pupils how they can influence decision-making through the democratic process
  • Include in the curriculum information on the advantages and disadvantages of democracy and how it works in Britain
  • Encourage pupils to become involved in decision-making processes and ensure they are listened to in school
  • Organise visits to the local council and Parliament
  • Hold ‘mock elections’ so pupils learn how to argue and defend points of view
  • Help pupils to express their views
  • Teach pupils how public services operate and how they are held to account
  • Model how perceived injustice can be peacefully challenged
 

Rule of law – what do we do?

  • Ensure school rules and expectations are clear and fair
  • Help pupils to distinguish right from wrong
  • Help pupils to respect the law and the basis on which it is made
  • Help pupils to understand that living under the rule of law protects individuals
  • Include visits from the police in the curriculum
  • Teach pupils aspects of both civil and criminal law and discuss how this might differ from some religious laws
  • Develop restorative justice approaches to resolve conflicts
 

Individual liberty – what do we do?

  • Support pupils to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Encourage pupils to take responsibility for their behaviour, as well as knowing their rights
  • Model freedom of speech through pupil participation, while ensuring protection of vulnerable pupils and promoting critical analysis of evidence
  • Challenge stereotypes
  • Implement a strong anti-bullying culture
  • Follow the UNICEF rights respecting schools agenda
 

Respect and tolerance – what do we do?

  • Promote respect for individual differences
  • Help pupils to acquire an understanding of, and respect for, their own and other cultures and ways of life
  • Challenge prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour
  • Organise visits to places of worship
  • Develop links with faith communities
  • Develop critical personal thinking skills
  • Discuss differences between people, such as differences of faith, ethnicity, disability, gender or sexuality and differences of family situations, such as looked-after children or young carers
 

Please see out school blog for updates on how we are promoting British Values every day in our school.

 

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Thursday, 29 June 2017