Modern British Values
Barkston & Syston CE Primary School
British values statement
Our school is committed to actively promoting British values to ensure our pupils leave us fully prepared for life in modern Britain.
The government emphasises that all schools should ensure that they teach pupils about British values. We take every opportunity to promote the fundamental British values of:
- The rule of law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
Through the promotion of these values, our school aims to ensure pupils:
- Understand the democratic process and how citizens can have a say in decision making.
- Recognise the advantages of living under the rule of law and how law is essential for a safe society.
- Understand that there is a separation of power between the executive and the judiciary and why it exists.
- Understand the reasons for accountability of institutions and why courts maintain independence.
- Know why freedom of religion protects all faiths, as well as those with no faith.
- Accept that people who hold different religious beliefs should be tolerated and not discriminated against.
- Value the importance of identifying and combatting extremism.
We promote British values both within and beyond the classroom and these values are at the heart of our ethos. Here are just some of the ways our school seeks to embed the teaching of British values.
We have an active School Council. The election of the School Council members reflects our British electoral system and demonstrates democracy in action. Made up of one representative from each class, the School Council meets regularly to discuss issues raised by the different classes.
We listen carefully to the views of the children in our school and have a suggestion board for children to share their ideas about the school and what they might like to see. Most recently, we have welcomed a school pet, organised discos and expanded our range of pupil leadership opportunities as a result of pupil feedback.
Children can vote within their classrooms, for example, voting for the daily hymn or class book.
The rule of law
Our PSHRE learning follows the SCARF scheme. Our Long-Term Plan has regular opportunities to discuss rules and laws.
Mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
We have a weekly ‘Big Question’ which allows children to discuss and share their views. Everyone is encouraged to respect and appreciate the views and contributions of others.
utual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs further through: