British Values


We are a Rights Respecting School

Every year we choose 2 children from each class to be Class Ambassadors as part of our UNICEF Rights Respecting School's award.

The Class Ambassadors attend regular meetings where we discuss school issues to improve life within our school, and how we as children can have an affect on our local community and the wider world.

We fundraise, promote healthy lifestyles and link with local and world organisations such as CAFOD.

We are a small part of a much wider campaign that is promoting the rights of all children throughout the world, to ensure all children have all of their basic needs provided.

Promoting British Values

The government has defined British Values as democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.  We promote these values through the daily life of the school and our enriched curriculum.

Value

How We Promote It

Democracy

UNICEF Article 12:  Children have the right to say what they think should happen, when adults are making decisions that affect them, and to have their opinions taken into account.

  • Children are taught about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and learn to respect their rights and the rights of others.
  • We have an elected School Ambassadors (as part of our Right Respecting School Status).  This is used as an opportunity to promote and teach about democracy and the electoral process.
  • We encourage volunteering in and out of school. 
  • The beginnings of democracy are taught through historical research. Democracy is also promoted through school assemblies.

The rule of law

UNICEF Article 19:  Governments should ensure that children are properly cared for, and protect them from violence, abuse and neglect by their parents, or anyone else who looks after them.

  • Children are taught about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and learn that Governments should ensure that children are properly cared for.
  • We have high expectations about pupil conduct and this is reflected in our Behaviour Policy.  There are rewards for exhibiting good and caring behaviour and consistent demonstration of our values is recognised through whole school assemblies.
  • Through our school assemblies and our curriculum children are taught how to earn trust and respect and are supported to develop a strong sense of morality; knowing right from wrong and doing the right thing even when it’s difficult.
  • We invite external visitors to the school to talk to the children and explain about their role in society.

Individual liberty

UNICEF Article 31:  All children have a right to relax and play, and to join in a wide range of activities.

UNICEF Article 15:  Children have the right to meet together and to join groups and organisations, as long as this does not stop other people from enjoying their rights.

  • Children are taught about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and learn to respect every individual.
  • Through the daily life of our school, children are taught about personal responsibility, choices, ambition and aspiration. They are encouraged to take opportunities to follow their interests in art, music, sport etc.
  • Children are taught how to keep themselves safe, including digital E-Safety.

Mutual respect

UNICEF Article 2:  The Convention applies to everyone whatever their race, religion, abilities, whatever they think or say and whatever type of family they come from.

UNICEF Article 30:  Children have a right to learn and use the language and customs of their families, whether these are shared by the majority of people in the country or not.

  • Children are taught about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and learn that every child has exactly the same rights.
  • We have high expectations about pupil conduct and this is reflected in our Behaviour Policy and Equality Policy.
  • Through our school curriculum, children are taught to respect each other, to be cooperative and collaborative, be supportive and to look for similarities while being understanding of differences.
  • Mutual respect is also promoted through our pupils building positive relationships with all children in the school and the adults they come into contact with.

Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs

UNICEF Article 14:  Children have the right to think and believe what they want, and to practise their religion, as long as they are not stopping other people from enjoying their rights. Parents should guide their children on these matters.

  • Children are taught about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and learn their own and other religions and beliefs in the world.
  • Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs is promoted through our Religious Education ‘Come and See’ programme. Children learn about different religions, their beliefs, places of worship and festivals.
  • This is supplemented by assemblies (Key Stage and whole school) which also mark and celebrate significant religious festivals.
  • Visits are made by local religious leaders and children have the opportunity to visit places of worship.