Promoting British Values at Grassmoor Primary School
The Department for Education state that there is a 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 in 2014. Grassmoor Primary School does this in the following ways:
Grassmoor Primary School understands the importance of the listening to the voices and opinions of the pupils. Each year, elections take place within each class in order to vote for children to join the School Parliament. This is done to reflect our British electoral system and demonstrating democracy in action.The School Parliament meet fortnightly and arrive at each meeting with their own agenda which consists of the ideas and concerns from each class. These are discussed and acted upon to the best of their ability and with the support of staff. Please see our separate School Parliament page for further information on the work they do.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws whether they are those that govern the class, the school or the country, are consistently reinforced. Our school has ‘Golden Rules’ which are visible in every classroom and communal areas, and are referred to on a regular basis. Children are taught the importance of being a law abiding citizen and visits from authorities, such as the Police, help to reinforce this message.
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 safely, through provision of a safe environment and 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 PHSE lessons.
All of the children at Grassmoor Primary School are taught and encouraged to have mutual respect for each other. Strong links with the wider community also ensures that this respect continues outside of the school grounds.
Tolerance of Those With Different Faiths And Beliefs
Grassmoor Primary School enhances pupils understanding of different faiths, cultures and beliefs through religious education studies, Understanding the World in the Early Years, the wider curriculum and assemblies. Each class regularly participates in celebrations from other cultures, such as Diwali, Hanukkah and Chinese New Year. Beliefs, traditions and customs are studied in depth and through this, our pupils gain an enhanced understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society.