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 Necton we have a ‘Values-Led Curriculum’. Everything we do is based upon our agreed set of values which are displayed clearly in the Reception area. The school’s agreed set of values underpins all teaching and learning at Necton Primary School.
At Necton we promote these British values in the following ways:
- Formulating and agreeing a set of ‘class rules’ at the beginning of each school year.
- Organising an election day when executive members of the School Council and Eco-council are elected by the whole school, following the presentation of election manifestos by the candidate.
- Electing class representatives to our school council and eco-council.
- Having a school council and eco-council who contribute enormously to school life by organising and managing whole-school events. Many of these involve raising money for charities.
- Allowing the children’s voice to be heard. We regularly ask for their views.
- Asking children to support the interviewing process for new staff.
- Discussing democracy within assemblies.
The Rule of Law
- Having a clear, consistent behaviour policy (based upon positive rewards) which is consistently applied throughout the school.
- Encouraging children to use the Reflection area.
- Providing opportunities for children to reflect about positive and negative behaviour during curriculum time.
- Providing an extensive Road Safety programme throughout the school.
- Developing links with our Police Community Support Officer.
- Addressing issues of law during whole-school assemblies as and when appropriate.
- Giving considerable time to individual pupils who require additional opportunities to understand the importance of following rules.
- Encouraging visits from external agencies to talk to the children in school.
- Using our extensive reward system to acknowledge good behaviour as well as good academic work.
- Giving older pupils responsibility on the Key Stage 1 playground.
- Pupils are actively encouraged to make choices at our school, knowing that they are living within a safe and supportive environment.
- Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our e-Safety teaching.
- Pupils are given important roles in school, such as playground buddies, librarians and peer mediators.
- Children are encouraged to understand responsibility in school in terms of behaviour and attitude to learning.
- Key Stage 2 pupils are allowed to go anywhere in school during the lunchbreak. They may choose to go to another classroom and play with younger/older children or visit the Library/ICT suite or go outside.
- Justice and fairness are key principles within our school.
- Home / school agreements for all pupils are in place.
- Pupils are taught how to be safe and how to act safely. This is given an additional emphasis during anti-bullying week.
- Our curriculum promotes independent learning.Our curriculum aims to be empowering and provides many opportunities for children to exercise choice.
- The promotion of positive relationships.
- The modelling of positive relationships by all adults working in school.
- A detailed and extensive Personal, Social and Health Education curriculum in which children are taught that behaviour has an effect upon those around them and upon their own rights.
- The RE curriculum.
- All other aspects of the curriculum (as successfully working in groups requires respect for each other).
- The work of the school council and eco-council.
- The positive reward system developed to promote respect.
- Our celebration assemblies when all pupils show respect for the efforts of others.
- Giving responsibility to pupils (team captains, playground buddies, peer mediators, etc.)
- Participation in events organised to raise money for various charities.
- Our involvement with the ‘Sign to Sing’ project.
- Learning to live with their peers on educational residential visits.
Tolerance of Those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
- The stated aims and values of the school.
- The PSHE curriculum.
- The RE curriculum.
- The Modern Foreign Languages curriculum.
- Our annual participation in the European Day of Languages.
- Educational visits to places of religious worship. These have included the Norwich Buddhist Centre, the Jewish Church in Walsingham, the Roman Catholic Church in Walsingham and Necton Parish Church.
- The school’s equal opportunities policy.
- Class and whole school assemblies.
- Festival study and celebration (Divali, Harvest, etc.)
- Multi-cultural themed weeks when visitors from around the world are invited to come to school to work with the children.
- Work on prejudice-based bullying during anti-bullying week.
- Using world events as opportunities to positively reinforce life and culture in other countries (football world cup, the Olympics, etc.)
- A non-negotiable approach towards the expression of views contrary to our agreed set of values.