Ofsted – September 2014
‘Acceptance and engagement with 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 pupils develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain’.
Promoting British 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.”
The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values have been reiterated this year (2014).
At Central Primary School these values are reinforced in the following ways:
Each year the children decide upon their class representatives. All of the children are allowed to stand for election and every child votes for their preferred candidate.
We have a student council which meets regularly with a member of the Senior Leadership Team to discuss issues raised in class. The student council is called upon to discuss a range of school developments and shares information with their class when required.
Children have an annual questionnaire where they are able to put forward their views about the school.
THE RULE OF LAW
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced. Pupils are taught the school rules.
Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service help reinforce the importance of laws in society.
Pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. Children are encouraged to safely facilitate their own learning using ICT.
Mutual respect is at the heart of our values. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on themselves and others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect. One of our School Rulesreads:
“Treat everyone and everything with respect.”
TOLERANCE OF THOSE OF DIFFERENT FAITHS AND BELIEFS
Religious Education lessons and PSHE lessons reinforce messages of tolerance and respect for others. The children visit places of worship that are important to different faiths.
The Prevent duty requires school staff to be able to identify children who may be vulnerable to radicalisation, and know what to do when they are identified. Protecting children from the risk of radicalisation should be seen as part of schools’ and childcare providers’ wider safeguarding duties, and is similar in nature to protecting children from other harms (e.g. drugs, gangs, neglect, sexual exploitation), whether these come from within their family or are the product of outside influences.
Many parents see radicalisation as a specific issue for children of muslim families. However, radicalisation extends to any extreme point of view including those held by many white extremist organisations.
The school will act without prejudice if we have concerns around extremism or radicalisation. If we have concerns that any parent holds extreme views and is exposing his/her child to these views, we will contact the relevant authorities to pass on our concerns.
If you have any questions about this, please do not hesitate to make an appointment to see Miss Agan, our Designated Safeguarding Lead.