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Bickershaw Church of England Primary School

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Bickershaw Church of England Primary School

Valuing the past, inspiring the present and ambitious for the future

British Values

At Bickershaw Church of England Primary School, British Values of Democracy, The Rule of Law, Individual Liberty, Mutual Respect and Tolerance of those with different faith and beliefs are reinforced regularly alongside our Christian Values.

British Values Policy

Promoting Fundamental British Values

The DfE have recently 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 and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”

The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values have been reiterated in 2014.  At Bickershaw Church of England Primary School these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways. 

Democracy

Each year the children decide upon their class rules and the rights associated with these. All the children contribute to this.

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 can evidence how it is able to genuinely effect change within the school. The council members for each year group are voted in by their class.

Children complete regular questionnaires with which they are able to put forward their views about the school.

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.

Individual Liberty

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 advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and PSHE 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.

Mutual Respect & Equality

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.

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs

Bickershaw Church of England Primary School places a great emphasis on promoting diversity with the children. Acts of worship are regularly planned to address this issue either directly or through the inclusion of stories and celebrations from a variety of faiths and cultures. Our RE and PSHE teaching reinforces this. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. 

We will actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views.

Democracy 

Y4/5 team building and agreeing on strategy

The Rule of Law

Children learning about fake news on Safer Internet Day 

Individual Liberty

Mutual Respect & Equality

Y4/5 trip to Manchester Cathedral and Synagogue

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs 

Y3/4 experiencing Greek culture and tasting Greek food