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 with different faiths and beliefs”.
The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy and these values were reiterated in 2014. Within our school these values are reflected in our school values and are reinforced regularly and through the following ways:
Each school year two children from each year group are elected onto the School Council which ensures all views of the children are heard and shared. They discuss a wide range of issues including school priorities, key policies, how school events are organised and the charities we support.
The Rule of Law
The importance of Laws, whether related to a playground game, the class, school or the country are consistently reinforces throughout all aspects of school life. Pupils are taught that rules and laws are in place for a purpose whether this is to make like fair or to protect us. Children at our school follow the Seabrook Way.
Within school the children are actively encourage to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. We educate and provide boundaries for the children to make choices safely through the provision of a safe environment and empowering education. The children are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to through E-Safety, PHSE and P4C lessons.
As a Church of England School respect is at the heart of our ethos and 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 of Different Faiths and Beliefs
Our school has a limited number of different faiths represented within its community. We respect these faiths and enjoy finding out about some of their festivals such as Divali through first hand experience. Our RE lessons reinforce the teaching and tolerance of all faiths.
As a school we will actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to the fundamental British Values, including “extremist” views.