British Values Statement
The Department for Education has introduced a statutory duty for schools to promote British Values more actively from September 2014, and to ensure they are taught in schools.
Flushing C of E Primary School is committed to serving its community. It recognises the multi-cultural, multi-faith and ever-changing nature of the United Kingdom. It also understands the vital role it has in ensuring that groups or individuals within the school are not subjected to intimidation or radicalisation by those wishing to unduly, or illegally, influence them.
It follows equal opportunities guidance which guarantees that there will be no discrimination against any individual or group, regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, political or financial status, or similar.
The school is dedicated to preparing students for their adult life beyond the formal, examined curriculum and ensuring that it promotes and reinforces British values to all its students.
The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy. The five key British Values are:
• The rule of law
• Individual liberty
• Mutual respect
• Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
The school uses strategies within the national curriculum and beyond to secure such outcomes for students. The examples that follow show some of the many ways the school seeks to instill British Values.
Democracy - School Council, pupil voice through circle time and class votes, worship and class discussions. Use of the Parliament Outreach Programme. questionnaires. Democracy covered in curriculum topics and through visits to various institutions.
The rule of law, rights and responsibilities - Class rules written, class jobs, Home/school agreement and the behaviour policy. Visits from local PCSOs.
Individual liberty - Anti – bullying policy and culture in the school. Pupils encouraged to make individual choices and take informed risks.
Mutual respect, rights and responsibilities - Classroom monitors, playground leaders, school vision and aims. School Rules. Pupils have a good understanding of how their behaviour affects others and know how to treat each other with respect.
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs. Pupils learn about a range of different faiths in school. Stories from different cultures and belief and shared. Pupils are free to worship and follow the religion they choose. This promotes respect and understanding of the beliefs and opinions of others. Extreme views of any kind are not tolerated. This is applies to any ideology, religious, political or personal view points. Pupils are taught that if they see, hear or experience any behaviours or literature (either in person, online or through someone else) that makes them feel uncomfortable or that they know is wrong, or that that think may be directly against British values, they must share this with an adult that they trust and tell an adult they trust in school. Our pupils are encouraged to think about justice and have a good understanding of right from wrong.