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
These values are actively promoted through collective worship, our school golden rules, electing and running our school council. They are taught explicitly through Personal, Social, Health Education (PSHE), Citizenship and Religious Education (RE). We also teach British Values through planning and delivering our broad, balanced and enriched curriculum which includes real opportunities for exploring these values.
British values are reinforced regularly in the following ways:
- Democracy is richly embedded within our school. All children in our school have a voice through Newton Parliament and pupil interviews .The election of Newton Parliament Representatives for each class (Years 1-6) are based on pupil votes.
- Our school behaviour policy involves rewards and sanctions runs through all aspects of school life and is shared with parents and carers.
The Rule of Law
- The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, school, or the country are constantly reinforced.
- All children follow the school Golden Rules, these are reinforced regularly throughout the day. Children are taught the value and reasons behind rules and laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authority, e.g. the Police, PCSOs and fire service help reinforce this message.
- To encourage and promote good behaviour, attitude and work we have a whole school house point reward system. We are also committed to praising children’s efforts at all times (behaviour, achievement and general) through verbal praise, raffle tickets and achievement certificates which are shared during our celebration assembly.
- Children are actively encouraged to make choices at our school, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment.
- Children 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 and PSHE lessons.
- Children are given the freedom to make choices, e.g. signing up for extra-curricular clubs
- Mutual respect is at the heart of our values. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others.
- All members of our school community treat each other with respect.
- Respect is a theme running through all of our golden rules.
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
- Newton Primary is situated in an area which is not culturally diverse, therefore we aim to promote diversity with the children.
- Assemblies are planned to promote cultural diversity either directly or through the inclusion of stories and celebrations from a variety of faiths and cultures.
- RE, PSHE and our topic teaching reinforces tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.
- Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school