Preparing children for life in ‘Modern Britain’
At The Dassett C of E Primary School we take our responsibility to prepare children for life in ‘Modern Britain’ very seriously. We ensure the fundamental British values are introduced, discussed and lived out through the ethos and work of the school.
All curriculum areas provide a vehicle for furthering understanding of these concepts and in particular, our RE and PSHCE lessons provide excellent opportunities to deepen and develop understanding. Children are enthusiastic to demonstrate a good understanding of how these values apply to their own lives. The Dassett C of E Primary School is committed to serving its local and national community. We recognise the multicultural, multi faith and ever changing nature of the United Kingdom. We also understand the vital role the school has for ensuring our children are not subjected to intimidating or racialization by others wishing to unduly or illegally influence them. Our equal opportunities guidance suggests there will be no discrimination of any individual or group regardless of their faith, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, political or financial status or similar.
The Government emphasises that schools are required to ensure that key ‘British Values’ are taught in all UK schools.
The British Values are:
In our school we provide these values in the following ways:
Our children have the opportunity to have their voice heard through our School Council. Elections are undertaken and children vote for their peers. Children also, have a voice through their school house captains. The children work together in their respective classes to provide an agreed set of rules or codes for their Class Code of Conduct. The codes are available in each classroom. In addition our daily Worship often deals with issues regarding democracy.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws and rules whether they are those that govern the class, the school or the country are consistently reinforced throughout the school day. Our Positive Behaviour Policy and Code of Conduct clearly outlines our behavioural expectations and children are well aware of the consequences for their actions. Children are taught the value and reasons for the laws, that they protect us and the responsibilities that are involved, as well as what the consequences are when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the police, fire service, church and other organisations support and reinforce these messages for our children. Our Year 4 pupils also learn about Parliament and the process for a new law to be passed.
Within school, children are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and set boundaries for our children to make choices safely for them to know and understand their rights and personal freedoms and how these can be fulfilled safely within our school environment. Our children are regularly allowed to make their own choices by attending clubs, selecting meals, selecting aspects of their learning and by becoming increasingly independent. We teach ‘Protective Behaviours’ in Years 1 to 6 and this programme ensures that children know their rights, how to recognise their early warning signs if they do not feel safe or comfortable with a person or situation and who they can talk to and what they can do to keep themselves safe.
Respect is one of the core values that underpins our school. Our children know and understand that it is expected and imperative that respect is shown to everyone, whatever differences we may have. Respect is in evidence in all we do and children and adults, including visitors, are treated with the utmost respect. We are polite and courteous in how we behave towards others.
Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
Our children are encouraged to understand that other people having different faiths or beliefs should be accepted and tolerated and should not be the cause of prejudice or discriminatory behaviour. At The Dassett C of E Primary School our children learn to understand their place in a culturally diverse society. Our RE and PSHCE curriculum, assemblies, visits and visitors to the school contribute to the children’s knowledge and understanding and the right for each person to be respected and regarded equally irrespective of gender, ability, faith, race or heritage.