The Department for Education state that there is a 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 Stoke Park, we are committed to ensuring that our children are exposed to these values in different ways and they are woven in to the day to day teaching at the school.
Democracy is embedded across the school. School council elections take place 3 times a year. All children are allowed to apply for the role of school councillor for their year group by presenting to their class the reasons why they would be suitable for the role. Pupil votes determine who is elected, mirroring our British electoral system. During fortnightly school council meetings, which are often attended by our Chair of Governors, school councillors are able to voice the views, concerns and ideas of the children in their year group. The Chair of Governors also emphasises pupils’ responsibilities in improving the school as well as facilitating resources. School council assemblies give a high prominence to pupils’ ability to shape the improvement of the school. Please visit our school council page to see what changes have occurred in the last year as a result of pupil voice.
Children also regularly complete online questionnaires regarding different areas of school life. The results of these questionnaires are then reflected on by SLT and/or school council and where necessary changes have been implemented as a result.
Debates are a regular part of our literacy curriculum, particularly in upper KS2. These debates allow children to voice a perspective whilst listening to and respecting differing perspectives.
The rule of law
Pupils’ ability to recognise the difference between right and wrong is developed through asking pupils questions derived from our framework for reflecting on behaviour. We do not have an overt list of school rules, instead children are asked if their behaviour in a certain context is caring or self-responsible or irresponsible. By continually reflecting on these concepts, children develop the ability to self-regulate their behaviour in all contexts.
Classes set out their own expectations for behaviour and set boundaries to ensure that everyone is able to work in an environment where they feel safe and able to learn. Our pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws and the responsibilities they have to themselves and others by abiding them.
Individual liberty and mutual respect
The school’s framework for reflecting on character and behaviour encourages pupils to reflect and nurture their personal beliefs and feelings around morality, character and behaviour. This approach is congruent with religious and non-theistic belief systems. This reflective approach to enable children to develop personal beliefs and morality is reinforced across the curriculum especially through drama (in literacy and discrete drama lessons), science and topic work. This also encourages strong interest in the world around them and stimulates questions.
Our framework for reflecting on behaviour also focuses on being caring towards others and respecting the views of others, a theme that is regularly reflected upon in school assemblies and PSHE lessons. Pupils’ behaviour in classrooms and around the school is outstanding as they understand the positive consequences, for themselves and others, of the choices they make. These values prepare and enable children to be assets to their community and flourish within modern Britain.
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
Through assemblies and RE lessons pupils gain a broad understanding of the major faiths within their local community and internationally. Major religious festivals are explored in assemblies and in classes and children reflect on the importance of these events to those who participate in them. This reinforces pupils’ understanding of the right of individuals to hold and practice differing beliefs and that we live in a world of diverse beliefs.
Cultural awareness is given a high profile through the language of the term. This has been highly effective in making children aware of the cultures that use the languages spoken within the school. The language of the term is promoted through termly assemblies, display and the school newsletter.
Although the teaching of British Values is interwoven in all that we do at Stoke Park, they are regularly planned for in assemblies and PSHE.
During whole school assemblies and class assemblies, one of the 4 British Values is emphasized and reinforced.
Please see our assembly timetables below to see which British Values we are focusing on this term.
Assembly Rota Term 3.doc
For PSHE, the school follows The Jigsaw Programme, which incorporates the teaching of British Values.
Please see the table below to see which British Values are being focused on this term in our Jigsaw sessions.