The Department of Education has recently reinforced the need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous 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 their definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy which were reinforced in September 2014. At Three Peaks Primary Academy we actively promote these values in the following ways:
Every year the children decide upon their class rules. The children have many opportunities for their voices to be heard through the School Council which has two members from Year Two to Year Six. The children elect two members from their own class to become school council members. Children are able to put forward their views about the school.
Children also have the opportunity to have their voices heard through annual questionnaires and pupil voice interviews.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school or the country are consistently reinforced at Three Peaks on a daily basis through assemblies, circle time and personal, social and health education (PSHE). The school has a behaviour policy with clear rewards and sanctions which is applied consistently throughout the school using the ‘Good to be Green’ system. Each child is made aware of the rules to help them understand the difference between right and wrong. Good behaviour is praised and inappropriate behaviour is challenged, and children learn that their behaviour choices have an effect on their rights and those of others.
Children are taught the value and reasons behind rules/laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when rules/laws are broken.
At Three Peaks, children are encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. We educate and provide boundaries for our children to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and an empowering education. The children understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and they are advised how to exercise these safely. For example through PSHE lessons and sessions on E-safety. Whether it is through choice of challenge, what our children read or write about or participation in exciting extra-curricular activities, the children are given the freedom and encouragement to make their own choices.
Our school ethos and behaviour policy revolve around values such as ‘respect’. We teach children that respect should be shown to everyone, regardless of the differences we may have. Whether it is a school resource, religious belief, a different faith. The school promotes respect for others and this is reiterated through our classroom.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
We actively promote diversity through our celebrations of different faiths and cultures. This is achieved through our Religious Education and PSHE lessons, assemblies and inter faith week which reinforce messages of tolerance and respect for others and teaches children about different faiths and cultures. The school uses opportunities such as the Olympics and the World Cup and festivals throughout the year to study and learn about life and culture in countries.
At Three Peaks we actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British values including ‘extremist’ views.