Promoting British Values
The Department of Education have reinforced the need "to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rules of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs".
At St. James’ Primary School we support this by:
· Including in suitable parts of the curriculum - as appropriate for the age of pupils - material on the strengths, advantages and disadvantages of democracy, and how democracy and the law works in Britain, in contrast to other forms of government in other countries.
· Ensuring all pupils within the school have a voice that is listened to, and demonstrate how democracy works by actively promoting democratic processes such as our school council whose members are voted for by their class on an annual basis. The school council meets regularly with staff and governors to express the views of the children.
· Use opportunities such as general or local elections to hold mock elections to promote fundamental British values and provide pupils with the opportunity to learn how to discuss and defend points of view.
The Rule of Law
· The five school rules / responsibilities were decided upon and written by the children and are followed throughout the school.
· The children decided that the values and expectations in the rules are appropriate for any age of child or adult, inside or outside our school.
· Encouraging our children to make their own individual choices and learn by identifying between right and wrong choices.
· Equipping children to take risks in a safe and supportive environment by involving them in risk assessments. Mutual Respect and Tolerance of those with Different Faiths and Beliefs
· Welcoming and celebrating different faiths and cultures and therefore actively promoting and highlighting diversity.
· Supporting local and international charities, most often the children are suggesting a charity and organising the fundraising activities.
Staff and governors have undertaken training to identify children at risk of being drawn into terrorism and to challenge extremist ideas. The Designated Safeguarding Lead (head teacher) has undertaken The Home Office Workshop to Raise Awareness of Prevent (WRAP). In addition members of staff and governors have undertaken the Channel General Awareness Training.