The DfE have recently 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.”
At Exwick Heights Primary School we uphold and teach pupils about British Values which are defined as:
- rule of law
- individual liberty
- mutual respect
- tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
These values are taught explicitly through Personal, Social, Health and Emotional (PSHE), and Religious Education (RE) and across our broad and balanced curriculum. We ensure that our curriculum planning and delivery includes real opportunities to explore these values.
The school also actively promotes British Values through daily collective worship and whole school systems and structures such as electing and running an active School Council, supported by Class Councils, ensuring every child has a voice. Please click on the table below to learn more about our work in each area:
Democracy is embedded across the school. Pupils are always listened to by adults and are taught to listen carefully and with concern to each other, respecting the right of every individual to have their opinions and voices heard. Pupils have the opportunity to air their opinions and ideas through our School Council, which meets regularly with their link teacher to discuss issues raised through each class’s weekly Class Council meetings. The School council manage a budget and are able to genuinely effect change within the school. The elections of the School Council members and Class Council members are based solely on pupil votes, reflecting our British electoral system and demonstrating democracy in action.
Children have an annual questionnaire with which they are able to put forward their views about the school and their learning.
The importance of laws whether they are those that govern the class, the school or the country, are consistently reinforced as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. Our school has ‘Golden Rules’, which are deeply embedded in our work every day. Each class also discusses and sets its own rules that are clearly understood by all and seen to be necessary to ensure that every class member is able to learn in a safe and ordered environment.
Our pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken.
During their time at school, children have the opportunity to interact in a positive way with the local police and emergency services regularly in a variety of ways including assemblies, workshops and activities. Further to this, our Year 6 pupils participate in LIfeskills, organised by the Police, on an annual basis.
Whether it be through choice of learning challenge, child led research topics, of participation in our extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.
Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for our pupils to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and an empowering education. Pupils are given the freedom to make choices, e.g. signing up for extra-curricular clubs or selecting the level of challenge in a lesson. They are becoming increasingly involved in child–led learning, e.g. through our Year 3 Egyptian topic, or our Year 2 ‘Independence Day’.
Pupils at Exwick Heights are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely; examples of this can be clearly seen in our e-safety and P.S.H.E. lessons. Whether it is through choice of challenge; of how they record; of participation in our numerous extra- curricular activities; our pupils are given the freedom to make choices.
Exwick Heights Primary School serves a multi-faith community where each person is respected and valued equally without regard to ability, gender, faith, heritage or race. The need for mutual respect is embedded throughout the school. Our range of PSHE resources include respect for others as a key focus. All members of the school community treat each other with respect. Pupils and adults respect and help each other in and around the school.
We strive to enhance our pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Assemblies and discussions about diversity have been followed and supported by learning in RE and PSHE. Within school, members of different faiths or religions are also encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. This includes parents or members of the local community coming in to talk, as well as pupils sharing.
Our core value of Respect ensures tolerance of those who have different faiths and beliefs. Exwick Heights Primary School enhances pupils understanding of different faiths and beliefs through religious education studies; P.S.H.E. work; visits to other schools in different settings to participate in celebrations such as Diwali; welcoming visitors from other schools that are not predominately white British and enjoying a depth of study during themed weeks.
During our topic week, the whole school focussed on different continents, studying the beliefs, traditions and customs for the countries within each continent. Learning was shared during assemblies designed by each class. Through this our pupils gain an enhanced understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society. Our work across the curriculum supports this, along with topic weeks which enable us to explore opportunities (such as the Olympics and World Cup) to study and learn about life and culture around the world.