The Department for Education states that there is a need for schools to promote fundamental British values. These are:
- Rule of law
- Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
- Mutual respect
- Individual liberty
At Smallwood we are continually enriching and developing our curriculum so that it incorporates British values as part of our overall PSHCE (Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship, Education) programme. We actively reinforce these values in a wide variety of ways:
Rule of law
- Pupils learn what is right and wrong through classroom rules, school rules and also through the behaviour and discipline policy.
- We have started working towards the recognition of commitment to become a rights respecting school which means identify rights and responsibilities, both personal and collective.
- We hold an anti-bullying week each year and do regular work on this through PSHCE.
- Positions on the School Council are decided through a democratic process involving all pupils.
- Pupils are given an understanding of freedom of speech for all, including the role the media plays in this. Children’s newspapers are provided for all year groups to facilitate discussion of local and national issues.
- Tolerance of difference
- The school takes part in rights respecting school initiatives.
- Debating forms part of English lessons where pupils listen and respond to contrasting viewpoints.
- All incidents of racism and bullying related to protected characteristics (i.e. age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, and pregnancy and maternity) are registered and the Local Authority is informed.
- The school makes weekly rewards for politeness and considerate behaviour.
- All staff consistently model mutual respect in their dealings with children and parents/carers.
- We fundraise for charities e.g. Red Nose Day, Shoebox Appeal, Children in Need.
- All pupils are made aware of their individual responsibility in making choices and decisions.
- Our behaviour policy embeds the idea of consequences based on choice and action.
- All children in Smallwood are encouraged to make the right decisions about behaviour in class and around school, therefore making positive contributions towards creating a lawful environment where we are all responsible for our actions.