Ofsted defines fundamental British values as democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and a mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith. We help our children understand how things work and how to challenge and change them for the better. Values are arrived at through mutual exploration and understanding. (Citizenship Foundation).
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Democracy and making decisions together
In the day to day curriculum planning:-
Children are encouraged to see their role in the larger context of the school community, wider community and the world to know their views count, value each other’s views and values and talk about their feelings and recognise when they need help. Democracy in action happens on a daily basis in their negotiations with each other and adults by sharing their views, taking account of different ideas, reaching consensus and compromise and handling disagreements.
Staff support the decisions that children make and provide activities that involve turn-taking, sharing and collaboration. Children should be given opportunities to develop enquiring minds in an atmosphere where questions are valued.
Rule of law: understanding rules matter
Through curriculum planning, PSHE and Positive Behaviour Policy, Thrive, children understand their own and others’ behaviour and its consequences, and learn to distinguish right from wrong. The children show responsibility and initiative by creating the rules and codes of behaviour in their classes and for the school as a whole via school council.
Individual liberty: freedom for all
Through curriculum planning, Thrive and PSHE Children are encouraged develop a positive sense of themselves. Staff provide opportunities for children to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and increase their confidence in their own abilities, for example through allowing children to take risks, exploring and creating. We encourage a range of experiences that allow children to explore the language of feelings and responsibility, reflect on and celebrate their differences and understand we are all free to have different opinions.
Mutual respect and tolerance: treat others as you want to be treated
We create an ethos of inclusivity and tolerance where views, faiths, cultures and races are valued and children are engaged with the wider community by organising trips and inviting speakers and organisations into school- theatre, dance, African drumming, community speakers. Children acquire a tolerance and appreciation of and respect for their own and other cultures; know about similarities and differences between themselves and others and among families, faiths, communities, cultures and traditions and share and discuss practices, celebrations and experiences through special topics and events in class. We encourage and explain the importance of tolerant behaviours such as sharing and respecting other’s opinions. Diverse attitudes are promoted and stereotypes are challenged by, for example, sharing stories that reflect and value the diversity of children’s experiences and providing resources and activities that challenge gender, cultural and racial stereotyping.