In November 2014, the DfE produced advice for schools on ' Promoting British values as part of SMSC in school.'
This document stated the need for school 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.’
The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 ‘Prevent Strategy.’ At Brookfield Community Primary School, these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
At Brookfield Community Primary School, we develop and promote British Values throughout our school and within our curriculum and to ensure our children become valuable and fully rounded members of society who treat others with respect and leave school fully prepared for life in modern Britain.
- The Rule of Law
- Individual Liberty
- Mutual Respect
- Tolerance for those of different faiths and beliefs
We strive to uphold these values which allows the children to develop;
- An understanding of how citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process
- An understanding that the freedom to hold other faiths and beliefs is protected in law
- An acceptance that people having different faiths and beliefs to oneself (or having none) should be accepted and tolerated, and should not be the cause of discriminatory behaviour
- An understanding of the importance or identifying and combating discrimination
- The mission statement and aims of the school clearly reflect these values, and the whole school strives to uphold them.
As a school, we value and celebrate the diverse heritages of every member of our school community. Alongside this, we value and celebrate being part of Britain. In general terms, this means that we celebrate traditions and customs in the course of the year; for example, Harvest Festival during the Autumn term and pantomimes at Christmas. We also value and celebrate national focusses including; Macmillan Coffee Morning, Roald Dahl Day, Chinese New Year and Safer Internet Day, with many more opportunities planned in throughout the year to collaborate with the wider community and the world.
Further to this, through our curriculum offer, the children learn about being part of Britain for example;
- Our rivers, coasts and seaside holiday topics ensure that children have a better understanding of what Britain is, learning more about its coasts, rivers and mountains and where Britain is in relation to the rest of Europe and other countries in the world.
- Key moments in British history are studied in history lessons including; Tudors and the Great Fire of London Along with significant historical figures such as Florence Nightingale