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From football and fish & chips to queueing and talking about the weather, there are many ways to define Britishness. History topics and special events studied give children a taste of our history and our pride in our country. However, our children are growing up in a diverse multicultural society that continues to be troubled by the threat of terrorism.
It is therefore vital that we give our children a sense of belonging to the wider community, and to the country in which they live, by promoting British values, helping them to develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain. It is important too for them to understand they live in a global society since “British” values are also shared by many other countries and cultures.
Education regulations state that to meet the standard for the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development of pupils, schools must 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.
We must also ensure that principles are actively promoted.
British Values in our School
Our collective worship, weekly assemblies, strong school ethos, good relationships throughout the school and the activities we provide outside the classroom are all ways we ensure pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
From enabling children in the EYFS to develop from playing alongside to playing together, to visits to the involvement in school Parliament in KS2, the promotion of British values is differentiated throughout the school and across the curriculum, particularly in RE and PSHE. Our SEAL programme also teaches children to have empathy with others and become independent learners.
The School Council
The School Council is one of the ways children can have a say in what happens in our school.
Children vote for their two class representatives at the start of each school year, who then attend regular meetings.