Chalgrove Primary is committed to serving its diverse community. We recognise the multi-cultural, multi-faith and ever-changing nature of the UK and actively prepare our pupils for life in modern Britain.
We reinforce British Values as part of our wider spiritual, moral and cultural (SMSC) curriculum and through all aspects of school life. Fundamental British Values refer to the values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and those with no faith.
Through the teaching of these values we aim to ensure that our pupils:
- Understand the democratic process and how citizens can have a say in decision making.
- Recognise the advantages to living under the rule of law and how law is essential for a safe society.
- See that there is a separation of power and why it exists.
- Understand the reasons for accountability of institutions and why courts maintain independence.
- Know why freedom of religion protects all faiths, as well as those with no faith.
- Accept that people who hold different religious beliefs should be tolerated and not be discriminated against.
- Value the importance of identifying and combatting extremism.
We will not promote discrimination, or accept intolerance against people or groups, on the basis of their belief, opinion or background.
Each year the children decide upon their class rules and the rights associated with these. All the children contribute to the drawing up of the class charter.
Children have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. We have a school council which meets regularly to discuss issues raised in class council meetings. The council has regular meetings and play a role in decision making and change within the school. We designed a new climbing area in an unused part of the playground after school council visited another school. Children have opportunities to vote on decisions such as, school dinners, playground equipment and will soon vote on the new name for the autistic provision opening in September.
The school behaviour policy is centered around a fair and equal approach to promoting positive behaviour and giving children choices. This was updated in view of the feedback given by children. Children who want to stand for school council have to prepare a speech for the class on why they would be a good candidate and two council members for each year group are voted in by their class. In Literacy pupils are taught how to debate and put forward and argument persuasively, whilst respecting an opposing view. The children are invited to nominate a child or teacher for the friendship cup and this is given out each week. Children have a questionnaire with which they are able to put forward their views about the school. As the school is used as a polling station, this is a great opportunity to discuss the voting process.
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 from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service help reinforce this message. Miss Teff led an assembly for the children after doing her jury service. Through teaching history teachers look at how laws and punishments have changed over many years and are different in different countries.
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 provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and SRE lessons. Whether it be through choice of learning challenge, of how they record, of participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices. Children are given opportunities to give feedback and complete questionnaires. Yr6 are having Philosophy lessons, where they are able to discuss and debate questions, statements and pictures which are put to them.
Mutual respect is at the heart of our values. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect. At the beginning of each new year teachers find out about their class and ensure their countries and cultures, languages and religions are represented through-out the year.
TOLERANCE OF THOSE OF DIFFERENT FAITHS AND BELIEFS AND THOSE WITH NO FAITH
Chalgrove Primary serves a diverse community and we have a wide range of cultures, religions and languages represented in our school. Assemblies are regularly planned to celebrate major religious festivals and days of importance that reflect the changing diversity of our school. Our RE, PSHE and SMSC teaching reinforces this. Parents and children often lead or support assemblies in school and are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. Children visit places of worship that are important to different faiths. This year we had a holocaust survivor who spoke to the Yr6 children about their experiences. This was a very moving experience for the children. We have had religious leaders visit the school and talk to the children about festivals and beliefs.
One of the most popular events in the school calendar is our International night, where parents and children dress up in national costume and bring food from their own country to share with others.
There are regular assemblies about anti-bullying which are led by school council and Mr Mason. This year’s theme for anti-bullying week was ‘everybody different, everybody equal.’ This was explored in all classes.
Children from across the school led an assembly on positive role models throughout history, during black history month.
BBC children’s News round is used to generate discussion on events happening in the UK and around the world and covers many British Values.
IDENTIFYING AND PREVENTING RADICALISATION
At Chalgrove we will actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views. We encourage children to discuss any issues or ask questions in a safe place, so they better understand how to protect themselves.
Yr 5/6 have a prevent workshop to ensure that they are able to recognise information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, and are able to identify whether information is fake or real opinion or fact.