The children gave some lovely feedback in the Pupil Survey - "The sports competitions are great. There are no bullies. It's better here than my last school because it's quieter and you can get on with your work. You always have someone to go to. It's kind, caring and well-organised. What would you change - nothing - it's great just as it is!"

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British Values

At Niton Primary School we are proud of being British, we encourage our children to hold the following British values.

Our Values
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.”
At Niton Primary School these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:

Democracy:
Democracy is a principle that we uphold in our school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through class discussions, Spencer Bear, our School Council and pupil questionnaires. Each class has a regular opportunity to share ideas and to contribute, with the class representative taking forward their views. Most recently, we have asked the children for their opinions on playground equipment, the school rules and extra-curricular opportunities. Children will often be asked for their views through assemblies and also through involvement in the local community.

The Rule of Law:
The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout the school day, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. Every year each class sets their rules and codes of conduct in the first week of term as part of their PHSE lesson. As they are included in setting them, children understand why the rules matter and also recognise the significance of not adhering to these agreed rules. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken.

Individual Liberty:
Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised on how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and PSHE lessons. We provide a wide range of extra-curricular clubs and our school curriculum allows for opportunities for pupils to be given the freedom to make choices.

Mutual Respect:
Part of our school ethos and Behaviour for Learning policy has revolved around Core Values such as ‘Respect’, and pupils have been part of discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown. Posters around the school encourage positive behaviours and promote respect for others.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:
This is achieved through enhancing pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse country and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE and PSHE. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school.

Curriculum:
Where possible we try to link social aspects of living in our country with topic or English themes. For example, the recent whole school learning experience was based on taking a flight to another country to research traditions, customs and language.
We run a programme of PSHE topics through assemblies and separate sessions and we communicate this to parents and carers through our weekly newsletter, termly class newsletters and our website. Our supportive school atmosphere means children are able to develop and express their own views and opinions whilst teaching them to respect the ideas and beliefs of their peers. Children are taught to be aware of and responsible for their own emotional responses and they learn how to express them healthily.

Relationships:
A key strength at Niton Primary School is the relationship between all our staff and the pupils. We encourage mutual respect and this is evident every day in how we speak to each other and the relationships that we build with the children. Visitors to our school and members of the public, who see us out and about on the many trips we go on, comment positively.

Actively promoting British Values also means challenging pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views.

Please click here to view our British Values Policy.


Below are some examples of all the great work.

The Department of Education has 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 by the Prime Minister.  At Niton these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:

Democracy

Democracy is evident within the school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our Spencer Bear group, Houses and Golden Ticket monitoring.

They also complete annual Pupil Spencer Bear questionnaires; representatives in each class are voted for. Each week a variety of award winner are nominated and voted for by the pupils – including Star Reader.

Our school behaviour policy involves lots of rewards. Our Curriculum offers many opportunities to discuss democracy – The Romans, The Ancient Greeks. It allows us to consider events in history where British values have been tested – WW1 and WW2.

Cross curricular literacy work gives children opportunity to give their views, debate and argue, making well considered points and looking at both sides of an argument. A competitive spirit is also encouraged through our House system – e.g every child competes to earn points for their house at sports day.

Pre – election Assembly
At Niton we prepared for General Election week by having an assembly which introduced the idea of a General Election and democracy. We talked about how parliament had been dissolved and how now the people had a chance to choose a new government. We talked about voting and how every child at Niton had had the opportunity to vote for their school council representative. We likened this to voting for an MP. We talked about the main parties in the election – their name, colour and name of their leader. We discussed ballot papers and the ballot box.

The Rule of Law

The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies.

Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits booked as part of our Careers assemblies reinforce the message that everyone follows rules – PSCO / Fire Safety etc

The Magna Carta

As part of our work on democracy and in line with the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta (Great charter) Mrs Hoare talked in our whole school assembly about how and why the Magna Carter came about and how it changed history and led to the Rights and freedoms we have today. We are working towards our level 1 Right Respecting School award

Individual Liberty

Within school, 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 choices safety, through the provision of a safe environment. 

Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advise how to exercise these safely, for example through our Anti-Bullying, E-Safety and PSHE lessons. Reference recent pupils survey.

Mutual Respect

Our new school values ‘hold your values in your hand’ overview  has ‘Respect’ as one of our Core Values. Pupils have been part of discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown. This is reiterated through our classroom rules, the High 5 Anti-Bullying hand as well as our behaviour policy.

Pupils are encouraged to have respect for themselves. We have just signed up to become a Rights Respecting School and are currently looking to complete the level 1 audit.

Each year we take part in anti- bullying week.  Every year we show respect for others by fund raising for one local, one national and one international charity. We have supported events such as – Children in Need, Sports Relief, Save the Children, Red Nose day, Every year we celebrate Harvest and donate goods to the local Food Bank.

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs

This is achieved through enhancing pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity.

Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE and PSHE. We follow the Hampshire Agreed Syllabus for teaching RE

Celebrating British Events  

In 2014 for the 100 year anniversary of WW1 we have played music from that era in assemblies. On 11th November every year we always have a two minute silence in the hall and our Y6 children produce poems to reflect this occasion. They can be found on display outside the main office.

For the 100 year anniversary we had a special assembly. We had readings and poems about poppies and what they symbolise, we learnt some facts about WW1, we thought about why it is important to remember, we learnt about Remembrance Sunday.

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