Promoting British values at Springmead
In accordance with The Department for Education we aim to actively promote British values 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, 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:
Democracy is rife within the school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through pupil questionnaires and worry boxes. The elections of School Council representatives are based solely on pupil votes. Our school behaviour policy involves rewards which the pupils choose on collectively, eg when they have collected their leaves, the class chooses and votes for the reward.
The Rule of Law:
The importance of laws, whether they be 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 assemblies. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when the laws are broken. Visits from the authorities such as the police/fire service are parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message. Children in Years 6 take part in Hazard Alley workshops.
Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E Safety and PSHE lessons. Whether it be through choice, challenge, of how they record, of participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.
Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy has revolved around Core Values such as “Respect”, and pupils have been part of discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown. Posters around the school reinforce our Golden Expectations and this is reiterated through our classroom and learning rules, as well as our behaviour policy. This is also including in our Monday assembly focuses.
Tolerance of those of Different Faith 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. Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice- based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE and PSHE.The school has a high profile “International Day” linking languages spoken by our EAL pupils. Members of different faiths and religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. Our Monday assemblies reflect the different religions within our school, with recent focuses on Rosh Hashanah, Divali and Eid.
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