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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 this year (2014). 

At Sherburn, we actively promote British values.

 

Democracy

Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council and pupil questionnaires, both within school. The elections of school councillors, as well as the winner of the school sports person each year, are based solely on pupil votes. Our school behaviour policy involves rewards, which the pupils decide upon weekly. They were also the key stakeholder in devising the 6 Golden Rules. We encourage pupils to become involved in decision-making processes and ensure they are listened to in school. We hold ‘mock elections’ and take part in debating competitions so pupils learn how to argue and defend points of view. We regularly engage in community issues, pupils attend Parish council meetings to raise issues that directly affect our school. Other stakeholders model democracy through parent/staff consultations and parent/staff  governor elections. Through our Christian value of tolerance we model how perceived injustice can be peacefully challenged.

 

Rule of law

The importance of rules, whether they are those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school day. We also deal with behaviour through school collective worship and our Christian values. The pupils agreed the 6 Golden Rules, the rewards and the sanctions and are taught the value and reasons behind them. They know 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, Fire Service etc. are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message. We ensure school rules and expectations are clear and fair, they were agreed and developed by all stakeholders. We help pupils to distinguish right from wrong and encourage them to make the right choices. Staff model the rule of law by managing the school in accordance with DFE rules and regulations.

 

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.  Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and PSHE lessons. We implement a strong anti-bullying culture. Staff are also encouraged to be proactive in their decision making and are managed fairly through LA policies and procedures.

 

Mutual Respect:                                                                                                                                                                      

Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy has revolved around our Christian values like respect, tolerance, friendship and forgiveness. Pupils are part of discussions and assemblies based on these themes each half term. All members of the school community treat each other with respect. Displays around the school promote respect for others and this is reiterated through our classroom and learning rules, as well as our behaviour policy. All adults in school model positive behaviours that reflect our Golden rules.

 

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:

As a Church of England school our priority values are reflected throughout our school and our policies. This year our priority values are friendship, forgiveness and  truthfulness. We are enhancing pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Collective worship and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE and PSHE. Members of different faiths or religions and those who speak languages other than English are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. We organise visits to places of worship like the mosque in Middlesbrough and York Minster. We promote respect for individual differences and the children are very respectful and tolerant of those with different needs.