At Pike Fold we believe that one of the most important roles of the education system is that it should prepare young people for life in modern Britain.
We must promote freedom, tolerance, respect for the rule of law, belief in personal and social responsibility and respect for British institutions
Teaching pupils about:
· The rule of law
· Individual liberty
· Mutual respect
· Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
How can we ensure our pupils are confident with British Values?
Provide our pupils with the opportunities to see/experience:
- How citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process
- An appreciation that living under the rule of law protects individual citizens
- An understanding that bodies such as the police and the army can be held to account by the people, through the democratic organs of government
- An understanding that the freedom to hold other faiths and beliefs is protected in law, and an acceptance that other people having different faiths or beliefs to oneself (or having none) should not be the cause of prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour
- An understanding of the problems of identifying and combating discrimination
So how, where and when does this happen?
At Pike Fold we teach ‘Fundamental British Values’ in an age-appropriate way.
The teaching of such values include learning right from wrong, learning to take turns and share, and challenging negative attitudes and stereotypes, all happen in school starting from nursery and are embedded in everyday practice.
Through PHSE sessions that are integrated into each lesson taught in school.
Lessons provide pupils with the opportunity to debate issues, either current of historical, highlighting the power of voice.
Assemblies provide a good opportunity for school values to be shared, along with celebration of pupils that have followed school rules and shown a positive attitude to working within the schools expectations. We also celebrate achievements gained from our pupils within the wider community.
Throughout school pupils are encouraged express their concerns and stand up for what they believe to be correct. Pupils are listened to and support provide from staff within school.
RE lessons by: The celebration of various religious festivals, timetabled RE sessions following the SACRE agreed syllabus, visits to places of worship, visits from the local vicar.
Pupils support various charities throughout the year such as: Wood Street Mission, Help for Heroes and MIND. These events allow teachers to discuss the importance of living harmoniously and support children and families that are less fortunate than ourselves.
Enrichment weeks enable us to discuss events around the world and in the news and come ’Off timetable’ to visit and reinforce expectations of living in a wider community, with visitors coming into school and pupils making visits outside their local area.
Monitor behaviour and review on a regular basis any discriminatory language used.
Enforcing to pupils a Zero Tolerance of prejudicial behaviour. Social occasions for example break and lunchtime pupils are encouraged to show respect for each other and to communicate positively with one another, monitored and supported by class TAs.
A Weekend residential provides our older pupils with the opportunity to go away from their lives at home and enrich their skills of independence and tolerance of others.
British Values afternoon Friday 11th September 2020
At Pike Fold we were lucky enough to spend the afternoon exploring the 5 British Values. There were some brilliant activities that took place in each class. We had everything from polling stations in EYFS to class debates in Year 4. Each year group were given their own British Value, and had the opportunity to think about what it meant to them and to others around them.