As directed by the Department for Education, schools have a duty to actively 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. These values were first set out by the government in the ‘Prevent’ strategy in 2011. In November 2014, schools were required to have a strategy for embedding these values and showing how their work with pupils has been effective in doing so.
At Woodside Junior 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 and Emotional (PSHE), and Religious Education (RE) as well as during assemblies. We also teach British Values through planning and delivering a broad and balanced curriculum.
The school takes opportunities to actively promote British Values through school assemblies and whole school systems and structures such as electing and running a successful School Council. We also actively promote British Values through ensuring that our curriculum planning and delivery includes real opportunities for exploring these values.
Democracy is richly embedded within the school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council. The elections of members of the School Council are based on pupil votes. This supports pupils to understand how citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process.
Our School Council is able to genuinely effect change within the school and are actively involved in the recruitment of senior members of staff. Our school behaviour and values policies involve rewards and sanctions; this is shared through all aspects of school life and also shared with parents, carers and children in all years.
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 regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. Our system for behaviour is aligned to an agreed set of codes and if children are given verbal warnings this is always set against the agreed school behaviour code.
Children are asked to identify which aspect of the code they have broken to ensure that this connection is made and understood. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the police, fire service etc. are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message.
To encourage and promote good behaviour, attitude and work, we have devised a reward system which is consistently followed throughout the school. We are committed to praising children’s efforts. We endeavour to praise the children informally, individually, during group work, in front of the whole class and the whole school. Rewards are given in the form of stickers, house points and certificates. Children’s achievements are also recognised during whole school assembles.
The school aims to provide an appreciation that living under the rule of law protects pupils and is essential for their safety and well-being.
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 example through our e-Safety teaching and PHSE education.
Pupils are given the freedom to make choices, e.g. signing up for extra-curricular clubs and supporting pupil-led fundraising events. Additionally, within lessons pupils are encouraged to choose from a variety of tasks which challenge their abilities. All pupils are encouraged to make personal choices about the food they eat.
Our school ethos and behaviour policy is based around our Values such as ‘collaborative’ and ‘responsibility’ and these values determine how we live as a community at Woodside Junior School. Our school assemblies are based on these values and we focus on one each half term. These values are central to how we expect everyone to go about their life at our school. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others.
In PE the children take part in training and many compete in tournaments. The value of the training and tournaments is sportsmanship. Children are reminded to show mutual respect towards other players at all times. In the past Woodside pupils won awards for good sportsmanship
Our values are shared with home through newsletters and website information. Adults throughout the school model, demonstrate and promote respect for others as do older children who have suitable, age related, tasks and responsibilities and this is reiterated through our classroom and learning rules, as well as our behaviour.
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. At Woodside Junior School we are a culturally rich and diverse school where children have unique opportunities to learn from each other by sharing and celebrating their different faiths and cultures. School Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE and PSHE.
We support diversity and hold regular diversity days, where pupils, staff and parents came to school talked about their cultures and values. Additionally, we use opportunities such as the Olympics and the World Cup to study and learn about life and culture in different countries.