The definition of British Values was set out by the government in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and added to Ofsted inspection guidance in 2014 to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote fundamental British Values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
At Elham C of E School, we believe that children need an understanding of themselves and their place and value in British society, in order to self-respect, respect for others, and build positive attitudes and relationships with others.
Within our curriculum, children are taught fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.
What does it mean to be British?
We develop a focus of inquiry with children encouraging them to:
• describe their own identities and the groups they feel they belong to
• recognise different identities and experiences
• appreciate that identity consists of many factors
• recognise that each person’s identity is unique and can change
• begin to understand the idea of stereotypes
Children consider and develop their understanding of democracy incorporating:
• people and needs in society
• rules, rights and responsibilities in society
• conflict and decision making in society
Children are involved in the shaping of their learning across the curriculum and our School Council offers a vibrant pupil voice across the school.
Pupils are able to apply for various jobs within our school- these jobs are advertised and then an application process takes place. The jobs include peer to peer reading support, Art Gallery Curator and ICT/Computing ambassador.
The Rule of Law and Individual Liberty
Children understand the importance of rules within and beyond the school, for creating a safe, fair and happy environment. They develop a strong sense of right and wrong, and appreciate resultant consequences. Children also develop their understanding of Justice.
Aspirational aims are promoted within and for all children and they are encouraged to understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms safely and respectfully.
Mutual Respect and Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
Mutual respect is at the heart of our values and our vigorous anti-bullying and equality practices and policies help ensure that children develop a strong sense of social and moral conscience.
Diversity is actively promoted through our celebrations of different faiths and cultures. Our curriculum and values create high levels of tolerance and respect within children and a desire to live within a harmonious environment. We take seriously our responsibilities as set out within the Government’s Prevent strategy designed to tackle extremist views and radicalisation of children.