Promoting British Values

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 and these values have been reiterated by the current Government.

Boxgrove C.E. Primary School is committed to serving our local community and
the surrounding areas of where our children live. We recognise the
multi-cultural, multi-faith and ever-changing nature of the United Kingdom, and
therefore those it serves. It also understands the vital role it has in ensuring
that groups or individuals within the school are not subjected to intimidation or
radicalization by those wishing to unduly, or illegally, influence them.

The school accepts admissions from all those entitled to an education under
British law, including pupils of all faiths or none. It follows the policies outlined
by its governing body regarding equal opportunities, which guarantee that there
will be no discrimination against any individual or group, regardless of faith,
ethnicity, gender, sexuality, political or financial status, or similar. It seeks to
serve all in the community.

The Government emphasizes that schools are required to ensure that key
‘British Values’ are taught in all UK schools. These values are:
 
Democracy: Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard
through our weekly PSHCE house team meetings and our “You need to
know” box and through Pupil questionnaires/conversations. We actively
encourage them to voice their opinions in all learning situations. Children
have the opportunities to vote on different aspects of school life.

The Rule of Law: The importance of Laws, whether they be those that
govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced
throughout the school day, as well as when dealing with behaviour and
through school worship. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind
laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that these
involve and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from
authorities such as the Police, Fire Service and the NSPCC etc are
regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message.

Individual Liberty: 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 young pupils to make
choices safely, through provision of a safe environment and empowering
education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their
rights and personal freedoms i.e through our commitment to being a
Rights Respecting School and championing the UN Convention on the
Rights of the Child, and are advised on how to exercise these safely, for
example through our E-Safety and PSHCE lessons. Whether it is through
choice of challenge, of how they record information, of participation in
our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given
the freedom to make choices.

Mutual Respect: Much of our school ethos and behaviour policy has
revolved around our Core Learning Values such as ‘Respect’, and pupils
have been part of discussions and worship related to what this means and
how it is shown. We promote respect for others and this is reiterated
through our classroom and learning rules, as well as through our behaviour
policy.

Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs: This is achieved
through enhancing pupils’ understanding of their place in a culturally
diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such
diversity. Worship and discussions involving prejudices and prejudicebased
bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE and
PSHCE. Members of different faiths or religions, both pupils and parents,
are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within
classes and the school.