Promoting British Values at Sauncey Wood Primary School
At Sauncey Wood Primary School, we recognise not only the importance of allowing students to flourish academically, but we also embrace our wider role in preparing them for their adult life beyond the formal examined curriculum. Part of our role in that preparation, is ensuring that we promote and reinforce British Values to our Pupils.
The Government set out its definition of British Values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy. 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.”
We 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. By challenging opinions or behaviours in school that are contrary to fundamental British values, children become knowledgeable and tolerant. Through our SMSC, we support pupils to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence. Pupils are enabled to distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil and criminal law of England. We encourage our children to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative, and to understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality of the school and to society more widely. They are supported to acquire a broad general knowledge of and respect for public institutions and services in England and develop further tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions by facilitating children to acquire an appreciation of and respect for their own and other cultures. Our pupils are encouraged and supported to show respect for other people and encouraged to show respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic processes, including respect for the basis on which the law is made and applied in England.
By promoting British Values across our curriculum and wider school experiences, children discover more about advantages and disadvantages of democracy, and how democracy and the law works in Britain, in contrast to other forms of government in other countries. All pupils have a voice that is listened to, and demonstrates how democracy works by actively promoting democratic processes including our school council, Eco committee, Pupil Leadership Team and House Captains whose members are voted for by the pupils. Pupils are given the opportunity to learn how to argue and defend points of view through debate and discussion. We use teaching resources from a wide variety of sources to help pupils understand a range of faiths.