Modern British Values
Modern British Values
At Easingwold Primary School we are committed to serving the needs of our children. We believe this involves preparing children to thrive in a society where the only constant is change. Despite our geographical location, we recognise the multi-cultural, multi faith and ever-changing nature of the United Kingdom.
In 2011 the Department for Education placed a statutory duty on schools to promote Modern British Values more actively and to ensure they are taught as part of our curriculum offering. The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy as:
The rule of law
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs.
As part of the curriculum at Easingwold Primary School, children learn about democracy, their civic responsibility, rules and laws of the land, the monarchy, equality, values, environmental awareness and understanding of other faiths. Through our curriculum we are able to make real links between the values that our pupils hold and the lives of others in our community, country and around the world.
Democratic values are an explicit part of the ethos at Easingwold Primary School. All adults, irrespective of role or responsibility listen to the views of the pupils and value their opinions. Children are included in decisions about class rules and the rights associated with these. Pupils are fully involved in the life of the school and are allocated jobs that aid in the smooth running of the school, such roles include an active School Council
The Rule Of Law
The importance of laws, whether they govern the class, the school, or the country are consistently reinforced. Time is taken in assembly to promote the school rules and the reasons for having them. We use assembly time to address current affairs; to explain how wider world problems can influence the outcomes for us all. Children understand that rules govern and protect us. They understand their responsibilities in this and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police help reinforce this message.
We actively encourage children to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school, we educate and provide boundaries for pupils to make informed choices within a safe environment. Pupils are encouraged to understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to do this safely, for example through our e-Safety teaching and PSHCE lessons. Assemblies held by visiting speakers teach children of their right to be heard when personal boundaries were crossed.
Our school’s ethos is based on constantly promoting respect for others and the importance of making right choices, as well as the promotion of good manners. All pupils are taught the importance of self-respect, trust, honesty and care for others. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. We promote and fund raise for a range of charities to raise awareness of the needs of others both nationally and internationally.
Different Faiths and Beliefs
Easingwold Primary School is not a culturally diverse and multi-faith school and so we actively promote diversity through our celebrations of different faiths and cultures. RE and PSHE lessons reinforce messages of tolerance and respect for others. We study world faiths and pupils are given the opportunity to visit places of worship. We welcome members of different cultures, faiths and religions into school to share their beliefs and practices in order to remove barriers and to enhance learning. We have regular assemblies with our Open The Book Team who promote Christian messages and we have strong links with both local churches which we use to hold Harvest and Christmas celebrations.