The Department for Education (DfE) has recently reinforced the need "to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rules of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs". These values are set out in the DfE's 'Promoting fundamental British values as part of SMSC in schools' (2014) and as part of SMSC under the current Ofsted Inspection Framework.
At Kings Copse Primary School, these values are reinforced in the following ways:
We have an active school council with members who are elected by their class mates and who meet regularly to discuss relevant issues and to express the views of their peers. They take on the role of leading their class by actively promoting the decisions and initiatives made by the council and the school.
The Rule of Law
Pupils are taught from an early age about the rules of the school. The children, follow the Kings Copse Golden Rules, which are displayed around the school. The values behind the rules are embedded in the ethos of the school. The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout the school day, including when dealing with behaviour, and through school assemblies. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, how they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that they involve and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service help reinforce this message.
Pupils are encouraged to make choices and take risks in a safe and supportive environment. We help pupils assess risk by involving them in decisions, through our PSHE teaching and our e-safety content.
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 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 of learning challenge, of how they record, or participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs, pupils are given opportunities to make choices. Pupils are encouraged to persevere and be resilient with their attitude to learning. They are encouraged to be curious and to ask questions, seeking creative solutions to any challenges they face.
Mutual Respect and Tolerance of those with Different Faiths and Beliefs
Through promotion of our Golden Rules, all members of the school community treat each other with respect. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. Southampton is an increasingly diverse community. We welcome and celebrate different faiths and cultures, actively promoting and highlighting diversity. Through the PSHE curriculum, discussions with visitors to the school and assemblies, we help pupils develop a growing understanding of their role in the school and wider community. We involve ourselves in community events which sometimes benefit local people and sometimes aim to help charities on an international level.
In line with the national PREVENT strategy (introduced in 2011), we will actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views.