Promoting British Values at Easingwold Primary School.
The DfE have recently reinforced 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.”
At ECPS these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Democracy is a core value within our school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our Mini Leaders and pupil questionnaires. The election of Mini Leaders are based on pupil votes. Our Peer Mentors in school are chosen as a result of the effort and values that they demonstrate in their day to day work in school.
- The Rule of Law:
The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when discussing behaviour and through school assemblies. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the emergency services, help reinforce this message. Year 6 pupils visit Crucial Crew which reinforces the importance of laws to keep us safe and the consequences of breaking them.
- Individual Liberty:
At Easingwold Primary School pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advise how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and PSHE lessons. Pupils are given the freedom to make choices in a variety of ways. For example, they have choice of challenge in lessons, of participation in our range of extra-curricular clubs, choice of activities at break times and what food option they would like for lunch every day.
- Mutual Respect:
Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy has revolved around key values of 'Respect' and 'Tolerance' The use of assemblies enables pupils to contribute to discussions and explore what this means and how it is shown. Mutual respect is modelled by the staff’s own conduct and is reiterated through our school rules, as well as our behaviour policy.
- Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:
This is achieved through enhancing pupils’ understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. We learn about different faiths and beliefs in our RE lessons and members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within the school. Throughout their time with us children visit a variety of places of worship and have pen pals from contrasting settings in West Yorkshire and and International School. We promote and fund raise for a range of charities to raise awareness of the needs of others both nationally and internationally.
Click on the links below to see the PowerPoints from our assemblies.