Promoting Fundamental British Values at Alfred Sutton 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.”
The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values have been reiterated in Promoting Fundamental British Values as part of SMSC in Schools, DfE November 2014.
At Alfred Sutton Primary School these values are reinforced regularly alongside our key complimentary values.
Our key values are:
We actively teach and promote Fundamental British values in the following ways:
We have a student council which has two representatives from each class. The council meets regularly to discuss issues raised in class or from other school situations.
The council is genuinely able to effect change and their input to decision making, such as staff interviews, is greatly valued. Every child is voted in by their class.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced at Alfred Sutton Primary School. Pupils are taught from an early age the rules of the law. School rules are discussed at the beginning of every academic year and are clearly displayed in the Infant and Junior halls. Each class decides on their Class Charter which is based on Rights and Responsibilities. As all children have an input to this, they are expected to show their understanding by signing their names.
Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind rules and 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 Police and Fire Service can help to reinforce this message.
At Alfred Sutton Primary School, pupils 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 pupils to make informed choices, through a safe environment and an empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our eSafety and PSHE lessons. Whether it be through choice of learning challenge, of how they record, of participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.
Mutual respect is at the heart of our values. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect.
Tolerance of those with Different Faiths and Beliefs
At Alfred Sutton Primary School, we are fortunate to be able to enjoy a culturally diverse community. We actively promote diversity through our celebrations of different faiths and cultures. Collective worship, Religious Education lessons and PSHE lessons reinforce messages of tolerance and respect for others. Members of different faiths and religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. Where possible, the children visit places of worship that are important to different faiths. Absences for key religious festivals, e.g. Eid, Divali are honoured and authorised.
At Alfred Sutton Primary School, we will actively challenge pupils, staff, parents, governors or visitors expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British values, including ‘extremist’ views.