Promoting British Values at Ringway Primary School
At Ringway, we Love, Laugh and Learn together and develop skills to help each child on their journey through life. Our aim is to develop each individual child so they can grow into safe, caring, democratic, responsible and tolerant adults who make a positive difference to British society. We encourage our children to Think Big and Fly High, be respectful of themselves and of others in our school, our local community and the wider world.
We follow equal opportunities guidance which guarantees that there will be no discrimination against any individual or group, regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, political or financial status, or similar. Ringway is dedicated to preparing pupils for their adult life beyond the curriculum and ensuring that it promotes and reinforces British values to all children.
The Government emphasises that schools are required to ensure that key ‘British Values’ are taught in all UK schools. The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy.
The British Values are:
- The rule of law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect
- Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
We use strategies within the National curriculum and beyond to secure such outcomes for pupils. The examples that follow show some of the many ways Ringway seeks to embed British values.
- Elections are held for School Council members.
- The principle of democracy is also explored in the History and R.E curriculum
- Democracy is also promoted through daily decision making, PSHE lessons and assemblies.
- Our pupils have the opportunity to volunteer their time in activities/roles such as Eco-Warriors and fund-raising events for local and national charities.
The rule of law
- Consistent demonstration of our values is recognised through things such as ‘Star of the Week’
- Pupils are taught the rules and expectations of the school Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service reinforce this message.
- Pupils are always helped to distinguish right from wrong. Our behaviour policy also supports this.
- Our PSHE Curriculum teaches children to understand right from wrong and to make the right decisions
- Children are taught about equality and mutual respect through our behaviour policy
- Through our school values and PSHE lessons, children are taught about personal responsibility, choices, ambition and aspiration.
- Children are encouraged to take opportunities to follow their interests in art, sport etc.
- Children are taught how to keep themselves safe, including on-line. This is done through computing lessons, e-safety days, assemblies as well as through the PSHE curriculum
- Our behaviour policy demands high expectations of pupil conduct and this is shared with and agreed by all pupils.
- Through our school’s values, PSHE and circle time, children are taught to respect each other, to be cooperative and collaborative, be supportive and understand different faiths
- Mutual respect is an expectation of all and is promoted through daily life at Ringway, PSHE lessons and assemblies.
- Pupils learn about a range of faiths and beliefs and how difference enriches life experiences
Tolerance of Those with Difference Faiths and Beliefs
- Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs is promoted through the Discovery R.E curriculum
- Pupils learn about different religions, their beliefs, places of worship and festivals, and learn about those who have no faith or beliefs.
- Pupils have the opportunity to visit places of worship.