BRITISH VALUES AT GUILSBOROUGH C of E PRIMARY SCHOOL
At Guilsborough C of E Primary School, we uphold and teach pupils about British Values, which are defined as:
- Rule of Law
- Individual Liberty
- Mutual Respect
- Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
These values are taught explicitly through Personal, Social, Health, Emotional & Economic Education (PSHE), and Religious Education (RE). We also teach British Values through planning and delivering a broad and balanced curriculum, in order to support our children towards becoming positive members of wider society.
The school takes opportunities to actively promote British Values through daily Collective Worship and whole school systems and structures, such as electing and running our School Council. We also actively promote British Values through ensuring that our curriculum planning and delivery includes real opportunities for exploring these values. Our Collective Worship and School Vision are based around Christian Values and each half term we have a new focus, such as 'Hope', 'Trust' or 'Friendship'.
At Guilsborough, British Values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Democracy is an important value at our school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council, Class Councils and Pupil Questionnaires. The elections of the School Council are based on pupil votes. In 2015, we held our elections on the same day as the General Election!
THE RULE OF LAW:
The importance of laws and rules, whether they are those that govern a class, the school or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days. Our system for behaviour is aligned to an agreed code of conduct, called our GOLDEN RULES, and if children are given verbal warnings this is always set against the agreed school behaviour policy.
Children are asked to identify which aspect of our Golden Rules they have not achieved, to ensure that this connection is made and understood. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind having to have laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities this includes and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities, such as the police or fire brigade, are always welcomed to help reinforce this message.
To encourage and promote good behaviour, attitude and work, we have a REWARD SYSTEM which is followed consistently throughout the school. We are committed to praising children's efforts and endeavour to praise the children informally, individually, during group work, in front of the class or the whole school. Children are rewarded not only for achievement in curriculum areas, but for behaviour and being a good role model.
Rewards are given in the form of stickers, house points and certificated. Children's achievements are also recognised during Celebration Assemblies, which take place each Friday, and during our Fabulous Finish Celebration at the end of each half term.
Pupils are actively encouraged to make choices at our school, knowing that they are in a SAFE and SUPPORTIVE environment. As a school, we provide boundaries for our children to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and planned curriculum. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms, and are advised how to exercise these safely, for instance through our E-Safety learning. Pupils are given the freedom to make other choices, such as signing up for extra-curricular activities.
Parts of our school ethos and behaviour policy are based around the core Christian Values of 'Respect', 'Forgiveness' and 'Friendship', and these values determine how we live as a community at Guilsborough C of E Primary School. Our Collective Worship is often based on our Values, which are central to how we expect everyone to go about their life at our school.
TOLERANCE OF THOSE OF DIFFERENT FAITHS AND BELIEFS:
This is achieved through enhancing pupils' understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity in our local community, which we recognise is predominantly White British, and throughout wider school life. Collective Worship and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying are always followed up and supported by children's learning in RE and PSHE. We use opportunities such as the Olympic Games and the World Cup to study and learn and the lifestyle and culture in other countries, such as Brazil.