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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
Stanwix School Promoting British Values
At Stanwix School, we provide opportunities for pupils to explore their own culture and have a clear understanding and appreciation of a wide range of cultural influences that have shaped modern Britain. We encourage all children to be tolerant and respectful to those of different faiths and beliefs. This is done by providing the children with an understanding of main festivals and key dates of significant to British Culture. e.g. Remembrance Day, the Queen’s Birthday and major political events, such as elections.
We ‘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 also recognise that these values are not solely exclusive to Britain and that these values have developed in Britain through a process over a substantial period of time. We also recognise that these values can only be maintained and developed by active engagement of citizens in democratic, lawful and respectful institutions and processes, of which our Primary School is one element.
Children, parents and Staff have many opportunities for their voices to be heard at Stanwix.
An obvious example of democracy in action is our School Council. Each year, the election of School Council members takes place. This reflects our British electoral system; the prospective candidates make speeches; all pupils reflect on what personal characteristics are important for their class representatives to have. Following this, they vote and the individuals with the majority are elected. In the past the School Council has decided on playground equipment for both indoor and outdoor, and have given feedback to curriculum leaders on the curriculum.
Other examples of how we promote the values of democracy, including ‘pupil voice’ are:
Rule of Law
The importance of laws, whether they may be those of each class, the school, or our country are referred to and reinforced, such as through Worship and when reflecting on behaviour choices. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind decisions, and the consequences if they are broken.
This is reinforced in different ways:
Within School, Pupils are actively encouraged to make choices; including the right to respectfully express views and beliefs, knowing they are in a safe and supportive environment.
We promote individual liberty through:
Mutual respect is at the heart of what we believe. Children learn that their actions have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community should treat each other with respect.
We promote this through:
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and beliefs
Stanwix has a diverse community and as such we place emphasis on sharing and promoting this diversity.
We do this by: