In 2014, the DfE introduced guidance for promoting British Values in schools. They reinforced the need "to create 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 Paulton Infant School all children are treated fairly and are encouraged to express their views. Pupil voice is heard through various leadership opportunities, for example the school council. The school council are voted for by their peers and meet regularly to share ideas and make change possible. Our school behaviour policy is clear that children are expected to contribute and co-operate, taking into account the views of others. At the start of each academic year each class draws up a set of class rules which stem from our school rules and GROW vision and values.
The Rule of Law
We reinforce our high expectations of children through the consistent application of our school rules. Children are taught the value and reasons behind our expectations and understand that rules are in place to keep us safe. They understand and are taught that everyone has rights and responsibilities and that there are consequences when rules are broken. Visits from members of our local community (including the police) help reinforce this message.
At Paulton Infant School, children are actively encouraged to make informed choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. Children are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms. This is taught through our PSHE curriculum, Online Safety curriculum and our Citizenship and British Values class assemblies.
Our school vision and values, behaviour policy and school rules have been developed to include the core values of respect and responsibility. We value and reward respectful behaviour through: our behaviour policy, celebration assemblies, communication with parents and our school newsletter.
All staff model respectful, caring behaviours and help children to understand how to respect by teaching children how to reflect on their choices and the impact they have on others. Staff and children pride themselves on positive respectful relationships we have with all members of our community including parents/carers governors and visitors.
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
We actively promote diversity through a broad and balanced curriculum where a range of different faiths and cultures are explored and celebrated throughout the year. We display and learn a ‘language of the term’ and children have the opportunity to learn about a culture other than their own. This includes visitors from a range of religions and cultures. We encourage parents/carers to participate in and where possible lead sessions in our multi-cultural events. We celebrate difference and encourage children to understand their place in a culturally diverse society.
A short video that introduces
British Values for children: