Promoting British Values
The government defined British Values as democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs. We promote these values through our own school values, curriculum and enrichment activities.
The Values and How We Promote Them
- We have an elected school council that meets regularly. This is used as an opportunity to promote and teach about democracy and the electoral process.
- We encourage volunteerism in and out of school. This includes roles such as House Captains, librarians, lunch time helpers and play leaders, plus raising money for charity. Year 6 run their own mini enterprises in the summer term in order to raise money for charities, and other children are encouraged to help charities by fund raising; e.g. plant and cake sale carried out by the Shining Stars Group for Cancer Research.
- The beginnings of
are taught through historical research relating to the civilisation of Ancient Greece.
- Democracy is also promoted through relevant topics in the creative curriculum, as well as PSHE and collective worship.
- Children’s opinions are listened to and acted upon through the full school council meetings, and pupils are empowered to advocate for change.
- Circle time is used to discuss any concerns children may have.
- Children are encouraged to develop their debating skills in KS2 literacy lessons.
- Turn-taking in Reception Class promotes respect for each other.
The Rule of Law
- We have high expectations about pupil conduct and this is reflected in our Code of Conduct (for pupils, staff, supply staff, parents and volunteers). Consistent demonstration of our school values is recognised through such things as Value Stars of the week.
- There are rewards for good behaviour consistent with the Code of Conduct, Behaviour Policy and School Values through Team Points Certificates, given in our celebration assemblies.
- As part of our Behaviour Policy, parents are informed when things go wrong, and are expected to be involved in the process to help make things right.
- Parents are asked to sign a copy of the Behaviour Policy, as well as signing a home school agreement with the school and their children on admission to school.
- Through our school values, circle time, PSHE lessons and Christian texts that underpin them, children are taught about respect, trust, honesty and forgiveness are supported as they think about how to know the right thing to do, even when the choice is a difficult one.
- The Quainton values and expectations of behaviour apply equally to school trips/visits, and when taking part in sporting and other events with other schools.
- Through our school values and aims, our identity as a growth mind-set school and teaching across the curriculum but particularly in PSHE and circle time, children are taught about personal responsibility, the courage to stand up for what is right, endurance, making the right choices and aspirations.
- Steps to success guidelines in each class promote independent learning.
- PSHE lessons have specific units relating to individual liberty including ‘Good To Be Me!’
- Children are taught how to keep themselves safe, including on-line safety. This is done through computing lessons, collective workshop, PSHE lessons and visiting Community Police officers taking assemblies and talks to children and parents.
- In KS1 and EYFS children are encouraged to reflect on their behaviour through ‘time out/thinking time’ and the phrase to ‘make the right choice’ is often used.
- We celebrate diversity and look for ways to reduce typecasting of a gender, religious and cultural nature.
- We have high expectations about pupil conduct and this is reflected in our Behaviour Policy, Anti-Bullying Policy, code of Conduct and Equality Policy.
- Through our school’s values, PSHE and circle time, children are taught to respect each other, to be cooperative and understanding of differences.
- Group work across the curriculum promotes respect for the opinions, ideas and beliefs of others.
- In Reception and KS1 children are taught to listen and respond appropriately to others.
- In KS2 through debating skills across the curriculum, children are taught to listen and respond appropriately to others, valuing others opinions and ideas.
- Fund raising encourages children to think about the needs of others.
- Community Cohesion activities promote and embrace diversity.
- Pupils achievements both in and out of school,are celebrated during weekly celebration assemblies.
- We are inclusive, welcoming children from all faiths into our Church school.
- Upper key stage 2 children regularly read ‘First News’ and discuss the themes within them.
- Class rules are discussed and drawn up at the beginning of each academic year.