Promoting British Values
At Lily Lane Primary School we celebrate the diversity of backgrounds of all pupils, families and the wider school community and are proud of our cohesive and welcoming community. We value the importance of personal histories and journeys. We understand the vital role that promoting core values has in ensuring that groups or individuals within the school are not subjected to any form of intimidation, influence or acceptance of extreme views. We follow equal opportunities guidance in order to ensure that there will be no discrimination against any individual or group, regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, political or financial status, or similar. As well as promoting the values through the curriculum they are promoted through our ethos, circle time, whole school and class assemblies and school council. With your support, we work hard at Lily Lane to prepare our children to be responsible and reflective citizens.
The Department for Education states that there is a 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.”
The Department for Education defines British Values as follows:
- Respect for democracy and support or participation in the democratic process
- Respect for the basis on which the law is made and applies in England
- Support for equality of opportunity for all
- Support and respect for the liberties of all within the law
- Respect for tolerance of different faiths and religious and other beliefs.
Our school reflects British values in all that we do. We aim to nurture our children on their journey through life so that they can grow into safe, caring, democratic, responsible adults who make a positive difference to British society and to the world. We encourage our children to be creative, open-minded, individual and independent individuals, respectful of themselves and of others in our school, our local community and the wider world.
At Lily Lane, we actively promote British values in the following ways:
- All children are encouraged to debate topics of interest, express their views and make a meaningful contribution to the running of the school on matters that directly involve pupils. Children also have the opportunity to have their voices heard through pupil questionnaires and pupil surveys.
- The principle of democracy is explored in the curriculum as well as during assemblies and special days. Members of the School Council meet regularly to discuss issues arising and have a say in the organisation of the school.
- Our new school behaviour policy involves rewards which the pupils have been involved in designing.
Rule of Law
- The school follows our new school rules which are integral to our learning and ethos every day.
- School rules and expectations are clear, fair and regularly promoted.
- Pupils are always helped to distinguish right from wrong, in the classroom, during assemblies and on the playground.
- Pupils are encouraged to respect the law and Lily Lane enjoys visits from authorities such as the Police, Fire Service, Ambulance, etc. to help reinforce this message.
- The Behaviour and Anti-Bullying policies set out a zero tolerance baseline for any form of aggression, abuse or violence, which extends to pupils, staff and parents and carers.
- Within school, pupils are actively encouraged, and given the freedom to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment.
- Pupils are supported to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence.
- Pupils are encouraged to take responsibility for their behaviour and our behaviour policy and pastoral support reinforces the importance of making the right choices.
- Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our e-safety teaching and PSHE lessons.
- Vulnerable pupils are protected and stereotypes challenged. A strong anti-bullying culture is embedded in the school and any form of bullying is challenged and addressed.
- Pupils have key roles and responsibilities in school e.g. Year 5/6 Monitors, PALs, Playground Buddies, etc.
Mutual Respect and Tolerance of Those with Different Faiths and Beliefs
- Respect is one of the core values of our school. The pupils know and understand that it is expected that respect is shown to everyone, adults and children.
- Pupils are helped to acquire an understanding of, and respect for, their own and other cultures and ways of life.
- Staff and pupils are encouraged to challenge prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour.
- Links and visits are promoted with local faith communities and places of worship. E.g. Members of different faiths or religions are invited to school to share their knowledge and enhance learning within assemblies and in class.
- Through the PSHE and RE curriculums pupils are encouraged to discuss and respect differences between people, such as differences of faith, ethnicity, disability, gender or sexuality and differences of family situations.
- We offer a culturally rich and diverse curriculum in which all major religions are studied and respected. These curriculum topics offer children the chance to reflect on our core values and British values.