Promoting British Values
As a Primary Academy our values are very important to us and they underpin our whole ethos and teaching in school. We model and teach the values we want our children to adopt in their lives .
The DfE have 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.”
The Government set out its definition of British values, and these values continue to be adopted by Ingoldmells Academy through:
DEMOCRACY – children have opportunities for their voices to be heard in school. At the start of the year they work together to write the class rules. We have a school council which meets regularly to discuss issues and improve the academy. This year they have been instrumental in the development of the playground outdoor area.
THE RULE OF LAW – The importance of laws, either ones relating to the class, the school or the country are constantly reinforced through our day to day behaviour management system, assemblies and through activities in school. This year we have welcomed PCSO Whitwham in to work with our KS1 children considering staying safe, working with our year 4 children to discuss the impact of anti social behaviour, year 6 have travelled to The Life Wise Centre in Barnsley to find out first hand, through various scenarios the implications of life choices. Other visits from the Fire Service have reinforced this message and reiterated the importance of following the rules of law.
INDIVIDUAL LIBERTY – Within our academy, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we help children learn to make choices sensibly and to respect the choices made by others. Pupils are encouraged to know and exercise their personal freedoms and rights in school and given support in acquiring these skills through e safety and PHSE lessons as well as through whole school assemblies. Along with members of the local community we joined with the Remembrance Service at St. Peter and St. Paul’s Church to recognise the sacrifice made by so many to protect our liberty.
MUTUAL RESPECT – mutual respect is at the foundation of our school values. Adults model respect. Children learn that how they behave impacts on others and to respect each other for their differences and similarities. All members of the school community are asked to treat each other with respect at all times. As part of our community work the school council organised a MacMillan Coffee morning to raise money to support those people suffering from illness. Year 6 discussed the value of respect when travelling on public transport and how our actions and the actions of others can impact on each other.
TOLERANCE OF THOSE OF DIFFERENT FAITHS AND BELIEFS – Through PHSE and RE lessons we actively promote diversity with the children. We will actively challenge any pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British values, including extremist views.