Promoting Fundamental British Values
In accordance with The Department for Education we aim to actively promote British values in schools to ensure young people leave school prepared for life in modern Britain.
Pupils are encouraged to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance and understand that while different people may hold different views about what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, all people living in England are subject to its law.
The Key Values are:
• rule of law
• individual liberty
• mutual respect
• tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
Promoting British Values
The Government set out its definition of British Values in the 2011 Prevent strategy. These values are reinforced regularly at White Court School in the following ways:
Pupil voice is of the up-most importance at White Court School. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through decisions made by the Pupil Task Force. At the beginning of each year, the children vote on who they would like to represent their class.
The rule of law:
The importance of laws and rules are comprehensive throughout the curriculum. These laws and rules that support class, school or country are reinforced though learning in PSHE and through regular assemblies and whole school days. Our children understand that actions have consequences and it is their responsibility to behave in the right way and to make the right choices. We have visits from the police and fire service which help to reinforce these messages.
Pupils at White Court learn in a safe, secure and nurturing environment. They know their boundaries and are encouraged to make choices safely. They are not afraid to ask or answer questions and will happily stand up for what they believe in. Lessons encourage children to work in a group and have their say. They are happy to agree and disagree with their peers and give reasons why.
They have a number of extra-curricular activities that they can choose to be part of.
Our E-safety curriculum and PSHE curriculum allow the children to express themselves and make choices in a safe environment.
All our classes display Golden Rules as respect is one of the key values of the school.
Our behaviour policy encourages children to respect themselves and each other and to work as a team.
Respect forms part of our collective worship in school and children have the opportunity to discuss this as a concept through their PSHE and RE lessons.
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs.
This is promoted through every aspect of school life. PSHE and RE lessons equip children with an understanding of different faiths and beliefs and the values which different religions hold. Children are taught to respect each other and welcome differences and learn from them. These lessons are supported by regular assemblies and visitors and visits to learn about different faiths.
Our anti-bullying policy supports children learning to celebrate differences and working together.