Promoting British Values at East Boldon Junior 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 were reiterated by the Prime Minister in 2015. At East Boldon Junior School these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
The principles of democracy are taught in House Assemblies and are put into practice through several pupil groups. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council and Pupil questionnaires. The elections of House Captains, School Council representatives and Eco Council members, are based solely on pupil votes. Our school house points system reinforces our expectations of good behaviour.
· The Rule of Law:
The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, the wider community or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. Pupils 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. Visits from authorities such as the Police; Fire Service; Lifeguards etc. are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message.
· Individual Liberty:
Within 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 choices safety, through provision of a safe environment and stimulating education. Pupils understand their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and PSHE lessons. Through participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.
· Mutual Respect:
Respect for others in school and in the wider community is promoted across the curriculum. Pupils have been part of discussions in assemblies and lessons, e.g., RE, related to what this means and how it is shown. Respect for others is reiterated through our classroom and learning rules, as well as our behaviour policy. Older children are mentors and buddies for children starting the school, and Year 6 organise and run lunchtime activities for year 3 children.
· Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:
This is achieved through enhancing pupils’ understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Through the Arts we study the music, dance, art and culture of other societies. RE, Geography and History give us the opportunity to look at the faiths and beliefs of people in our locality and around the world. Visitors to school, e.g., Barnabas, Show Racism the Red Card, Newcastle Eagles Basketball Team, teach respect and tolerance for others. Cross-curricular days (India Day) and participation in local festivals (Hindu Nari Sang) promote greater understanding of others.
Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE and PSHE.
French and Spanish are taught and the school holds the British Council International School Award.