Promoting British Values at Birstall
The Department for Education states that there is a 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.”
Our school reflects British values in all that we do. We aim to nurture our children on their journey through life so they can grow into safe, caring, democratic, responsible and understanding adults who make a positive contribution to British society and beyond. We encourage our children to be unique, open-minded and independent individuals, respectful of themselves and of others in our school, our local community and the wider world. At Birstall we actively promote British values in the following ways:
- We have a Junior Leadership Team (JLT) who meets every fortnight with a staff representative to discuss issues raised relating to school life. Every child on the JLT is voted in by their class members.
- Our children undertake an annual trip to Huddersfield Town Hall where they visit the council offices and meet our Mayor of Kirklees.
- Children have an annual questionnaire where they are able to put forward their views about the school.
- Pupils have had active involvement in the selection processes of new staff.
The Rule of Law
- Pupils are taught from an early age the rules of the school. These are our School Rules which relate to our Good To Be Green behaviour system. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind rules and 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, Ambulance and Fire Service help reinforce these messages.
- The Behaviour and Anti-Bullying policies set out a zero tolerance baseline for any form of aggression, abuse or violence, which extends to pupils, staff and parents and carers.
- 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 through a safe environment and an empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our Online Safety and SMSC lessons.
- Pupils are provided with opportunities to take on roles and responsibilities in school e.g. welcome monitors, JLT, Reception playtime buddies
- All members of the school community are taught to treat each other with respect. The children know and understand that it is expected that respect is shown to everyone and that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. Staff and pupils are encouraged to challenge prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
- We offer a culturally rich and diverse curriculum in which all major religions are studied and respected. Links and visits are promoted with local faith communities and places of worship. E.g. Members of different faiths or religions are invited to school to share their knowledge and enhance learning within assemblies and in class. Through the SMSC and RE curriculums, pupils are encouraged to discuss and respect differences between people and their faiths, ethnicities, abilities, genders and different family situations.
Every curriculum theme we teach, offers children the chance to reflect on our core values and British values.