British Values Statement
PROMOTING BRITISH VALUES IN SCHOOL
All schools are expected 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 Ascot Heath CE Junior we plan for learning about law/rules and liberty; we teach and model democracy, respect and compassion in a diverse school that is rooted in Gospel values. Pupils and visitors are warmly welcomed.
Personal manifestoes, voting and representation on the School Council enable pupils to develop their understanding of democracy and Parliament. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through the School Council and annual pupil questionnaires. In 2018 the School Council will be working with the Governing Body to renew the school's Mission Statement and motto/strapline.
Class representatives are elected to serve on the School Council for six months. The Council meets each week to discuss issues raised by the pupils in class and works with school staff and our local councillors to improve learning, playing and serving the local/global community. Members voice their opinions and ideas which may be different to those of their peers or adults.
The Rule of Law:
The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced through interaction in school, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through collective worship. In PSHE and Circle Time pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws: that they govern and protect individuals and society. Visits from the community police, councillors and our local MP are regular parts of our calendar and help to reinforce this message.
Children are encouraged to show respect and consideration for others. They are expected to take pride in their work and to make good use of their time/talents. Achievement of all kinds and good behaviour are recognised through praise and a system of rewards, including peer rewards. Unsatisfactory work, disrupting learning or negative behaviour may lead to the sanctions set out in our policy. Racism, prejudice or bullying incidents are reported to the Headteacher.
Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, to express their opinions and to learn from others. Consequences are clear and fair so that pupils can make informed behaviour choices. The provision of a safe learning environment and mutual respect enables pupils to make choices in the playground, in the classroom and on educational visits. Whilst wearing a uniform encourages each pupil to belong, there are diverse expressions of believing and behaving.
Pupils are encouraged to understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms. Visitors to the school often comment on the children's confidence and courtesy.They are also taught how to exercise their rights safely and responsibly through our Internet Safety programme, Playleader training and PSHE. Pupils are also given the freedom to make choices in extra-curricular activities: in 2017-18 individual pupils have initiated a Chess Club, Candy Canes for Crisis at Christmas and a Worry Box.
Our school ethos is based on Gospel Values and these include respect, tolerance, fellowship, compassion, hope and peace. Through the Home-School Agreement all members of the school community agree to demonstrate respect; to promote justice, truth, equity and collaboration; to challenge prejudice, bullying and bias; and to develop an understanding of service, giving and forgiving shared by all.
Pupils are actively involved in Collective Worship and discussions that explore what these values mean and how they are shown within the school community and in the wider world. Respect for self and others is reinforced through our class rules, our Behaviour Policy and our Equality Policy/Plan.
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. The RE curriculum enables children to think about religion and belief as well as to develop key skills of enquiring, investigating, interpreting, reflecting and communicating. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning and understanding.
Whilst the school has fruitful links with the Anglican parish of All Saints’, representatives from other faith traditions and charities supported by the school take assembly/Collective Worship to foster the children’s awareness of local/global issues, to build cohesion and to share celebrations. Whole-school/class-based worship and discussions about prejudice and prejudice-based bullying give children opportunities to reflect on the importance of self-worth and valuing diversity.
Details of the Department of Education’s Prevent duty and how it applies to schools may be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/439598/prevent-duty-departmental-advice-v6.pdf Teaching staff completed the government’s Prevent training 2015 and all staff monitor pupils for radicalisation, isolation and extreme behaviour as part of the school’s commitment to Safeguarding procedures.