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 2015.
At John T Rice Infant and Nursery School our aim is to build an environment where all learners take pride in themselves, the school and their community, have respect for each other and achieve well. We maximise every opportunity to promote British Values in everything we do for all of our learners, regardless of their background. Our aims support all to develop as well rounded citizens.
Student Council activities are undertaken to ensure that all learners exercise their democratic rights and feel part of big decisions within the school. By ensuring that behaviour expectations are clear within the traffic light system, we aim to ensure that all learners respect and uphold the rules. This is done so that our children can see the difference between right and wrong.
Children are given the opportunity and freedom to be individual in their work. The freedom to be independent in their work gives our students ownership and allows them reflection time which will be a valuable skill for their future. Our PSCHE curriculum is designed to develop reflection; our learners consider how their behaviours can affect the wider society.