It is a statutory requirement of schools to promote British values. So what are British values? According to Ofsted, fundamental British values are: democracy; the rule of law; individual liberty; mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith. However, long before the government asked all British schools to teach fundamental British values, Etwall Primary School has been promoting these values through our own values, curriculum and enrichment. Examples of this include: school council, digital leaders, eco-council, assemblies, high expectations of behaviour, citizenship, R-time, circle time, anti-bullying work, Online Safety work, pupil of the week, citizen of the week, mini leaders, lunch time helpers, marking and celebrating key religious festivals and opportunities to visit places of worship. We will continue to keep you updated on our work and endeavour to develop our children into responsible and respectful individuals.
The Department for Education stresses the need to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of:
- Rule of Law
- Individual Liberty
- Mutual Respect
- Tolerance of Those of Different Faiths & Beliefs
We have a school council which meets at least twice every term. Children vote for 1 boy and 1 girl to represent each year class.
Our Governing Body is comprised of elected representatives from the staff, parents, local authority, community and church; they meet approximately monthly with the Headteacher.
We actively invite parents and carers for their views throughout the year; the Headteacher is available on the playground at the start of the school day and leaves time free at the beginning and end of each day for parents; questionnaires are distributed to parents and carers at our biannual Parents' Evenings and pupils are asked to complete questionnaires. A summary of the findings and resulting actions are publicised in school.
Rule of Law
Before starting school, children, parents and the Headteacher commit to our Home School Agreement. School Golden Rules are reviewed with the children at the start of each academic year and children agree on class rules with their teacher.
Lunchtime Supervisors promote Playground Golden Rules for fair and happy playtimes.
Visits from the local fire service and our Police Community Support Officer reinforce the need for laws and how they protect the community.
We aim to provide a supportive environment within which children and staff can make informed choices and voice their opinions. We have a Worry Box in each classroom if children need to voice any concerns. At playtimes children are free to choose playground games and activities. We teach children about their personal rights and freedoms and how to be safe in collective worship, PSHCE and Online Safety sessions.
Our children know the importance of respect and actively demonstate this through respecting those around them and sensitively responding to events around the world. Through R-Time activities, we further develop the skills of a good citizen, recognizing that our children need to be prepared for the modern Britain in which we live. Children learn about specific British celebrations, events and commemorations through history topics and Collective Worship. For example, children's work was displayed in the local church to commemerate WW1; Remembrance Day 1 minute silence is observed every year. For the Diamond Jubilee, children researched key events in Queen Elizabeth's reign and produced portraits of the Queen and made portraits for a hall display. The village of Etwall is a patriotic village. To mark the war's centenary the school took part in the village's celebrations at St. Helen's Church. We have recently celebrated the Queen's 90th birthday.
Tolerance of Those of Different Faiths & Beliefs
Our assemblies and PSHCE lessons reinforce messages of tolerance and respect for others. We mark key celebrations from different faiths in assemblies, which are then often followed up in class. Children visit the Open Centre in Derby to learn about the Sikh, Islam and Hindu faiths and we have been visited by members of the nearby Tara Kadampa centre to explore the Buddhist faith. The children have also visited the Tara Kadampa Centre. We have good links with St Helen's church. where every year, we deliver a Christmas and Easter concert.