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.”
At Derwentwater Primary School, the following activities and approaches embed the five fundamental values into school life and the curriculum:
• Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Eco Council and pupil questionnaire.
• We have a Year 6 Leadership Team made up of prefects that lead on many initiatives with the support of their peers.
The Rule of Law
• The importance of laws/rules are consistently reinforced throughout assemblies and PSHE lessons, as well as when dealing with behaviour.
• Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind rules - that they protect us and ensure all are safe and cared for, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws/rules are broken.
• Visits from authorities such as the Police, Fire Service etc. are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message.
• Pupils are actively encouraged to make choices (particularly around learning choice and within social times), knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment – developing the children’s autonomy and responsibility for their learning.
• Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely - through our E-Safety (computing), assemblies, citizenship and PSHE lessons.
• Throughout school life pupils are given the freedom to make choices.
• Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy. All members of the school community treat each other with respect.
• Displays around the school promote respect for others. This is reiterated through our school rules, within assemblies, citizenship and PSHE lessons, as well as our behaviour policy.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
• Pupils understanding of their place in our local diverse society.
• Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE, citizenship and PSHE.
• All pupils and members of staff are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school.
• All pupils are given opportunities to visit local places of worship, to enhance and develop their experience of faith and belief systems.