The DfE have stated the need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools 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 Long Sutton Primary School these values are reinforced regularly as we value the diversity of backgrounds of all pupils, families and the wider community.
The Department for Education defines British Values as follows:
Our school reflects British Values in all that we do. We aim to nurture our children on their journey through life so they can grow and develop into safe, caring, democratic, responsible and tolerant adults who make a positive difference to British society and to the world. We encourage our children to be creative, unique, open-minded and independent individuals, respectful of themselves and of others in our school, our local community and the wider world.
At Long Sutton Primary School these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways.
Each year the children decide upon their individual class rules. All the children contribute to the drawing up of the rules. We have a school council which meets regularly to make decisions about the school. Every child on the student council is voted in by their class. House Captains are elected by their house members and represent their house throughout the school year. Children have an annual questionnaire where they are able to put forward their views about the school.
Pupils have the opportunity to be elected as a mini-police representative.
Pupils are able to receive training for a role as a playground leader.
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced at Long Sutton Primary School. Pupils are taught from an early age the rules of the school. A recently revised clear and consistent behaviour policy is used across the school.
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.
At Long Sutton Primary School, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a 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 PSHE lessons. They also understand that with rights come responsibilities.
Mutual respect is at the heart of our values and is represented within our STAR school values. Children learn that their behaviours have an affect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect. At Long Sutton Primary School, we actively promote diversity through our celebrations of different faiths and cultures. Our annual multi-faith roadshow is a key event in our school year and a real celebration of different faiths and cultures. Religious Education lessons and PSHE lessons reinforce messages of tolerance and respect for others.
These values echo those of the school, namely: Strength, Teamwork, Ambition and Respect