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:
Children have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our ‘RotaKids’ (school council), Eco-club and Pupil questionnaires. The children, through various organisations have the opportunity to express their opinion and be heard. Children are encouraged to come up with their own classroom rules at the beginning of the year.
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 dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. Children 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. The school aims to promote ‘fair play’, following and developing rules, inclusion, celebrating and rewarding success, being magnanimous in defeat and participation in activities that promote kinship and affiliation with others.
Within school, children are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young children to make choices safely, through of provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Children 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. Whether it be through choice of challenge, of how they record, of participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, children are given the freedom to make choices.
Our school ethos very much promotes mutual respect. We view each other as individuals and our ethos, which emphasises being kind, speak well to others, empathise and support, promote the value of mutual respect. This is reiterated through our school rules, classroom rules, as well as our behaviour policy.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:
This is achieved through enhancing children’s understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. This is supported by assemblies, learning in RE and PSHE. Member of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning though assemblies or class visits. Children also have the opportunity to participate in multi-cultural events in the Preston community, for example Preston ‘Mela.’