The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy.
The four British Values are:
- The rule of law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
We support children's understanding of these values in age appropriate ways throughout their school careers.
School Council elections take place annually when each class elects two school councillors to represent their views. The school council meets on a regular basis and councillors report back to their classes about decisions made on their behalf. In addition opportunities are taken within classes to make majority decisions based upon debate and vote.
The Rule of Law
Children understand that our school expectations regarding behaviour are constantly reinforced and are necessary for us to work and learn together, and to keep ourselves safe. They come to relate our school expectations to the laws of the country, understanding that there are consequences to wrong choices in this respect. Visits from local PCSOs and firefighters further reinforce this.
Children are actively encouraged to make independent choices with the knowledge that they are in a safe, secure and supportive environment. Children are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms within safe boundaries, through E-Safety for example. Children are strongly encouraged to develop independence in learning and to think for themselves.
Mutual Respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
Respect is one of our Christian Values and is discussed deeply, starting with self-respect and covering respect for family, friends, and other groups; the world and its people; and the environment. Children learn about different faiths through the RE curriculum and understand that different people have different ways of living their lives according to their faith or religion.