Promoting Fundamental British Values
In accordance with The Department for Education we aim to actively promote British values in schools to ensure young people leave school prepared for life in modern Britain. Pupils are encouraged to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance and understand that while different people may hold different views about what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, all people living in England are subject to its law.
The Key Values are:
Scalford promote ‘British Values’ through our spiritual, moral, social and cultural education which permeates through the school’s curriculum and supports the development of the whole child, because we believe that every child matters. We recognise that such development is most successful when these values and attitudes are promoted by all the staff and provide a model of behaviour for our pupils.
The curriculum in all phases offers broad and balanced opportunities.
‘British Values’ have been identified as:
The ability to understand and communicate are the most important areas of learning. We ensure that pupils know that they will be listened to and respected.
We empower our pupils by giving them opportunities to make choices about the things that they believe to be important. By valuing each child, and by listening and responding to them, we demonstrate that we support democracy and liberty.
We also have an active School Council.
Rule of Law:
We involve pupils in setting codes of behaviour; helping pupils to make decisions and choices that are acceptable to the school community and society at large.
Pupils are taught how to manage their behaviour and take responsibility for their actions. Staff are committed to providing a consistent and predictable environment within the school and beyond. We can help our pupils to understand the connection between actions and consequences. Our children know that it’s ok to make mistakes because we can learn from them.
Pupils are encouraged to become good and valued citizens. We do this by supporting each pupil to become as independent as possible. We endeavour to demonstrate that everyone has rights; this includes the right to say ‘Yes’ or ‘No’. We encourage our pupils to share their views, back up their ideas but show respect to others. We want each child to have a strong moral compass and to develop this they must feel valued and listened to. We support many charitable events ranging from Red Nose Day to our local Food banks. We want our children to understand that poverty can be across the other side of the world but also down the street.
We encourage our children to take responsibility in their learning and that with certain rights come certain responsibilities. Learning to do things independently is an important part of learning to understand yourself. We encourage our children to share their beliefs and dreams (eg. reducing the use of plastic) to help make our world a better place.
We promote each pupil’s inclusion in activities, settings and locations that are appropriate to them individually to meet their needs. Our children feel valued and respected and in return we expect them to respect others.
We believe it is important to facilitate opportunities to be part of the community as the pupils, families and staff have much to offer in the development of community cohesion. We visit and support our local Hospice and Nursing Home so that our children develop empathy and kindness alongside their respect for the elderly or frail. We share ‘News Bulletins’ from around the world to open hearts and minds.
Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs:
We experience different faiths through hands on experiences, high quality educational visits and an enriched curriculum. We are always seeking to offer new experiences for our children and liaise with other schools to achieve this.
We aim for our children to leave Scalford School with open minds and we set out to achieve this by following all of the above, which is the golden thread weaving within our ethos. Our aim is to prepare our children for the next stage in their education.