Promoting British Values at Welholme Academy.
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 in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values have been reiterated by the Prime Minister. In our school these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
We listen to child and parent voice. Children and parents are regularly consulted regarding aspects of our school. Our Pupil Council team are appointed by vote and recommendation and they make suggestions, walk the school and share ideas on behalf of all children.
The Rule Of Law
We consistently reinforce our high expectations of children. We have whole school ‘STAR Rules’ and classes may set their own class rules. They are taught the value and reasons behind our expectations that they are there to protect us, that everyone has a responsibility and that there are consequences when rules are broken.
Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe, caring and supportive environment. From our youngest pupils we encourage our children to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advise how to exercise these safely.
Mutual Respect For And Tolerance Of Those With Different Faiths And Beliefs And For Those Without Faith
Mutual Respect: Our school ethos and behaviour policy stems from core values such as ‘Respect’ and ‘Collaboration’ and children are encouraged in this by caring, sharing and listening to others. Adults help children understand how to respect by talking about how actions/words that can affect others.
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs: This is achieved through activities aimed at developing our pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Assemblies and class work involve discussions and activities to celebrate our diverse community of different faiths and different cultural heritage. Using age appropriate language we aim to educate our children about prejudices and prejudice-based issues by learning about these issues in RE and PSHE lessons. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning.