British Values information
At Niton Primary School we are proud of being British, we encourage our children to hold the following British values.
Through our curriculum and everyday learning we 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.
We actively challenge opinions or behaviours in school that are contrary to fundamental British values.
At Niton Primary School these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Democracy is a principle that we uphold in our school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through class discussions, Spencer Bear kindness awards, our Pupil Parliament, House and Vice house captains and pupil questionnaires. Each class has a regular opportunity to share ideas and to contribute, with the class representative taking forward their views. 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 class charters 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.
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.
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.
Where possible we try to link social aspects of living in our country with our learning experiences or English themes.
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.
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.
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 is evident within the school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our Spencer Bear group, Houses, Pupil Parliament and Golden Ticket monitoring. They also complete annual Pupil questionnaires.
Pupil parliament representatives in each class are voted for. We encourage pupils to volunteer through our play leader support programme and plastic-free school initiative.
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.
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.
Election Campaigns and Assembly
Each year at Niton we prepare for our own House Captain election by having an assembly which introduces the idea of a General Election and democracy. We talk about how parliament had been dissolved and how now the people had a chance to choose a new government and compare this to our leaving house captains and the opportunity to choose new house captains. We talk about voting and how every child in each house at Niton has the opportunity to vote for their house representatives. We liken this to voting for an MP. We discuss 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.
We have high expectations of our pupils at Niton and this is reflected in our Behaviour for learning policy.
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
Through PSHE, RE and assemblies 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.
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 safely, 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. Children 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 online. This is done through computing lessons, assemblies and outside organisations such as the NSPCC, as well as through the PSHE curriculum.
Our 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 achieved the silver award as a Rights Respecting School.
Each year we take part in anti- bullying week. Every year we show respect for others by fundraising for a number of charities, our house captains have selected charities to raise awareness and funds for, but we also support other charity events. 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.
Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs is promoted through the Syllabus for Religious Education. Children learn about different religions, their beliefs, places of worship and festivals. The children’s work on this subject or whole school learning in assemblies which is often displayed in the classrooms or around the school. This is supplemented by assemblies (Key Stage and whole school), which also mark and celebrate significant religious festivals such as Ramadan and Diwali.
We follow the Hampshire Agreed Syllabus for teaching RE
Celebrating British Events
When the opportunity arises, we celebrate British events, each year we celebrate remembrance day. In the past we have celebrated with street parties, we have also celebrated Royal Weddings with a wedding of our own. We are very much looking forward to planning events for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022.