British Values Policy

Introduction

The DFE have reinforced the need ‘to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to 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.’ The Government set out its definition of British Values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy and these values have continued to be reiterated. These values are integral to our ethos.

What are British Values?

Kedington Primary Academy considers that its curriculum and values reflect fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.  This is found through statements in our aims, whereby we expect children to learn skills for life and to care for others, as well as our strap-line, “Appreciating what we have, aspiring to greater things”, as we would expect our children to appreciate and understand the values that Britain is based on.

Aims of this policy

To provide identify and state an appropriate and professional approach, so that children are able to:

  • Make judgements about how to behave and act and understand the reasons for such behaviour;
  • Understand and distinguish ‘right from wrong’;
  • Have respect for the fundamental British Values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different beliefs and faiths.
  • Develop a personal code of behaviour i.e.: telling the truth, being honest, having respect for justice

Implementing this policy

Our commitment to British Values is made evident through:

  • Fostering of mutual respect and trust e.g. assemblies;
  • Promoting the Building Learning Power dispositions of resilience, resourcefulness, reflectiveness and reciprocity to provide our children with the lifelong skills needed to play a positive part in society;
  • Encouraging children to express their point of view and listen to the views of others via circle time and PSHE;
  • Ensuring new curriculum content is regularly audited to reflect on and promote positive attitudes to British Values e.g. medium term plans;
  • Making children, parents and staff aware of Kedington Primary Academy’s approach to British Values e.g. details on learning platform;
  • A commitment to support children’s learning with books and materials which reflect cultural diversity and the place of Britain in the world including Geography and History;
  • Philosophy and Religious Education lessons that focus on different beliefs and faiths;
  • Democratically electing groups of children to lead on whole Academy issues (Academy Council) and eco issues (Eco Council). A key component of these is the inclusion of a democratic election process;
  • Each year the children decide upon their class rules and the rights associated with these. All children contribute to this process and are encouraged to take responsibility for their behaviour;
  • The children completing an annual questionnaire where they are able to put forward their views about the academy;
  • Effective staff training.

All teachers are required to be evaluated against the Teachers’ Standards, including these elements in Part 2 of the standards:

  • “showing tolerance of and respect for the rights of others;
  • “not undermining fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect, and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs;
  • “Ensuring that personal beliefs are not expressed in ways which exploit pupils’ vulnerability or might lead them to break the law.”

The Curriculum and British Values

Kedington Primary Academy embeds its values within the school and these values inform the curriculum.

As well as this, we promote:

  1. personal responsibility and understanding of right and wrong;
  2. having respect for rules and regulations;
  3. an understanding of how individuals can contribute to the well-being ofnthose in the locality and beyond.

Through the National Curriculum and Building Learning Power, Kedington Primary Academy seeks to provide every opportunity for pupils to become positive and emotionally resilient with the knowledge and confidence to stand by their own convictions, whilst respecting others.

For further information see the British Values evidence and impact document.