Promoting British Values at Fordingbridge Junior School
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:
The rule of law
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 were reiterated in 2014.
As part of FJS on-going safeguarding and child protection duties we are fully behind the government Prevent Strategy. We build pupils’ resilience to radicalisation by promoting British Values. We place importance on Prevent awareness training to equip staff to identify children who are at risk of being drawn into terrorism and to challenge extremist ideas. All our staff have received training on what Prevent is about and how to deal with any issues they may see inside or outside of school.
Fordingbridge Junior School reinforce and promote British Values in the following ways:
At the start of every year the children create a class charter where they collectively decide what actions are acceptable in their classrooms. This enables the children to hold themselves and others to account for inappropriate actions, in direct contrast to rules which would be imposed on them. We have a school council with representatives from each year group. Each child is voted for by their class peers and the school council meets regularly to discuss issues across the school. The council represent the voice of pupils within FJS and is able to effect change within the school. The pupil voice is also seen through children in roles such as prefects, house captains, learning ambassadors, digital leaders, buddies and sports ambassadors. Children learn that, together with the right to ensure the views of children are integral to our school life and curriculum, they have the responsibility to set an example across the school. A pupil panel is always involved in the interview process for teachers.
Through our curriculum children are taught about, and encouraged to respect, public institutions and services. Pupils are selected at random for pupil conferencing meetings with members of the senior leadership team to seek their views and opinions on a range of school and community issues. Children are also able to share their thoughts about learning to their class teachers via individual teacher/pupil interviews. All parents, carers and children can read class/school blogs and make comments on learning at FJS.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country are consistently reinforced at FJS. The school’s Golden Rules, behaviour policies and Lunchtime Golden Rules are regularly reinforced across the school as well as e-safety, class charters, home school agreements and staff model good practices. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind rules and laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Children are given opportunities to make a better choice through a behaviour policy of warnings with a Red Card being the final opportunity for a child to turn their situation around. The rule of law is very much in the hands of the children to take responsibility.
At FJS pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make informed choices, through a safe environment and an empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our e-Safety and PSHEE work. FJS has a robust anti-bullying culture and behaviour and safety policies in place.
Mutual Respect and Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
Mutual respect is at the heart of our values. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect and this is specifically reinforced through school systems. Through R.E. days, children at FJS learn about different religions. FJS provide opportunities for the children to visit places of significant cultural interest, places of worship e.g. whole school visit to St Mary’s Church for the Carol Concert, and we actively encourage visitors from a range of communities and organisations into school.
FJS uses P4C (Philosophy for Children) as a method to introduce discussion and debate elements of mutual respect and tolerance through all subjects of the curriculum. This ensures children are taught discretely how to deal with people who have opposing views to them and to feel confident to state if they have opposing views to others.
FJS promotes charity (e.g. Children in Need, Julia’s Hospice) through fundraising and awareness raising activities as well as supporting class charities.