Promoting Fundamental British Values
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, mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”
In line with the with the D f E’s five-part definition, we promote the following British values at St Andrew's C of E Primary School;
• the rule of law
• individual liberty
• mutual respect
• tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
At St Andrew's Primary School children will encounter these principles throughout everyday school life. In particular, our promotion of spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding is where these value are explicitly taught in a range of ways including through PSHE. Additionally, the values are taught in R.E alongside Christian Values, and interwoven within our knowledge and skills based curriculum which gives children real and meaningful opportunities to explore these values. At St Andrew's Primary School, we are certain that the active promotion of British Values means that children are enabled to develop a sense of community and begin to develop their understanding of their role and responsibilities within it.
St Andrew's Primary School takes the opportunity to actively promote British Values through daily whole school assemblies where a range of British Values are explored. Our whole school systems and structures lend themselves to the active promotion of British Values, heavily. For example, all children take part in a democratic school council election process and elected children run a successful school council which plays an integral role in informing the school behaviour policy. St Andrew's Primary School, also actively promotes British Values by challenging pupils, staff or parents who express opinions contrary to fundamental British values, including ‘Extremist Beliefs’, in appropriate ways.