Promoting British Values at Langshott School
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.”
The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values have been reiterated this year (2014). At Langshott these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Each year the children decide upon their class rules and the rights associated with these. All the children contribute to this and talk about the importance of everyone playing a part in this.
Every class elects two reps who form a group of school councillors. This happens everyterm. They meet regularly with a teacher to discuss issues that affect them within the school. They are consulted on changes within the school, for example on the new playground markings and the new library layout.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced at Langshott .
Pupils are taught from an early age the rules of the school and the reasons behind rules and laws i.e. that they govern and protect us. Children are also taught the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service help reinforce this message.
The rules are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as in assemblies.
At Langshott we have Golden Rules as follows:
At Langshott we:
- Are helpful, treat others kindly and speak politely to everyone.
- Have self-control from our heads to the tips of our toes.
- Follow instructions at the first time of asking.
- Respect each other’s feelings, race, beliefs and values.
- Accept responsibility for the things that we do. If things go wrong, we say sorry and work to put things right.
- Take responsibility for our learning and persevere when things get difficult.
- Try our best in all that we do and take pride in our achievements.
- Take good care of the building, equipment, resources and school grounds.
- Behave in a safe and sensible manner in school and outside of school, understanding that when we are wearing the Langshott uniform we are representing the school.
- Follow the individual classroom and playground rules.
- Wear our uniform correctly and with pride.
At Langshott pupils 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 pupils to make informed choices, through a safe environment and an empowering education.
Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-sSafety and PSHE lessons.
Mutual respect is at the heart of our values. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others.
All members of the school community are encouraged to treat each other with respect.
The first of our Golden Rules reads: I will be respectful and polite.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
We actively promote diversity through our celebrations of different faiths and cultures.
Religious Education lessons and PSHE lessons reinforce messages of tolerance and respect for others.
Members of different faiths and religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school.
The children visit places of worship that are important to different faiths.
At Langshott we will actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views.