Promoting British values at Chasetown Community School
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.” The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 PREVENT strategy.
At Chasetown these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways;
Democracy is fundamental to all that goes on within Chasetown. Pupils’ have the opportunity to have their voice heard through the School Council and pupil questionnaires. Our school behaviour policy involves rewards which the pupils vote on as a class group.
The Rule of Law
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. Our school and class Code of Conduct is based on rules, rewards and consequences with the individual taking responsibility for their own behaviour. The importance for Laws, for the class, the school and the country are consistently reinforced through the curriculum and school assemblies.
Within school pupils are encouraged to make choices knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide consistent boundaries for pupils to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe and empowering curriculum. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to do this safely; for example through our E Safety and PSHE and creative curriculum.
Fundamental to our school ethos and behaviour policy is the core value of “Respect”. Respect for others is promoted throughout the school and is re iterated through our class code of conduct and behaviour policy.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
As a Global Learning Centre this is a key feature of our work at school. In a fast changing, globalised world, the pupils are educated to understand the wider world around them and make global connections between issues such as poverty, climate change and their own lives. This develops pupils’ awareness and interactions with diversity and develops pupils’ thinking and communication skills. Pupils’ understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society is enhanced by the provision of opportunities to experience diversity, for example, global teaching exchanges; and issues relating to discrimination and prejudice based bullying are addressed. Cultural and religious experiences are promoted through assemblies, the creative curriculum, PSHE, PE, foreign languages and cultural, religious and musical workshops.