Teaching British Values
The DfE have recently reinforced the need "to create and enforce a 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 have been reiterated by the Prime Minister this year.
At Raunds Park Infant School these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
We listen to children's and parent's voice. Our school behaviour policy is clear that children are expected to contribute and co-operate, taking into account the views of others.
The rule of law-
We consistently reinforce our high expectations of children. Children are taught the value and reasons behind our rules and expectations, that rules are there to protect us, that everyone has a responsibility and that there are consequences when rules are broken.
Individual Liberty -
Within school, children 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 children to make choices safely, through our provision of a safe environment and empowering teaching. Children are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms.
Mutual Respect -
Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy is based on "Respect". The children are taught about everyone's rights and responsibility.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs -
We aim to enhance children's understanding of different faiths and beliefs by participating in a range of celebrations throughout the year. Children have the opportunity to learn about cultures through specific units of work and by taking part in multi-cultural events. The broader a child's experiences, the more confident and effective they are likely to be at contributing to Britain's diverse society.