British Values are defined as democracy, the rule of law, liberty, respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.
The school takes opportunities to actively promote British Values through our daily assemblies and whole school systems and structures such as electing and running a successful school Council. We also actively promote the British Values through ensuring that our curriculum planning and delivery includes real opportunities for exploring these values. Actively promoting British Values also means challenging pupils, staff and parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views.
At Barrs Court Primary School, these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Democracy is an important value at our school. Children have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council. The elections of members of the School Council are based on pupil votes, reflecting our British electoral system. The School Council meet regularly throughout the year and deal with a variety of issues e.g road safety, improvements to school environment etc
The importance of laws and rules, whether they are those that govern the class, the school or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout the school day. The school has a clear policy to promote good behaviour and sanctions are applied for inappropriate behaviour.
Our SMART and PRAISE codes for behaviour ensure that everyone has a good understanding of the systems used and enables children to learn in a safe and ordered environment. House points are awarded not only for achievement but also for good behaviour and adherence to the SMART code. Children’s achievements are also recognised through Celebration and Class Assemblies. Where behaviour is inappropriate, children are asked to identify which aspect of the code they have broken to ensure that this connection is made and understood. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the police, PCSO and fire service etc. are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message.
Within school, children are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we provide boundaries for our children to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and planned curriculum. 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 PSHCE lessons. Pupils are given the freedom to make choices e.g participating in after-school clubs, choosing the level of challenge in some lessons, organising the recording of their work, planning class assemblies and presentations.
Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy are based around core values such as ‘respect’ and ‘responsibility’ and these values determine how we live as a community at Barrs Court Primary School. Children know and understand that it is expected and imperative that respect is shown to everyone, whatever differences we may have and to everything, however big or small. Assemblies are based on ‘Values for Life’ and are central to how we expect everyone to go about their life at school. Additionally assemblies (whole school, key stage and class) complement and promote British Values with themes such as remembrance as well as stories and celebrations from world religions.
This is achieved through enhancing pupils’ understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity in our local community (mainly white British).Our Religious Education curriculum is based on the locally agreed syllabus: ’Mystery and Meaning’ and enables children to learn about the customs, practices and celebrations of the world’s main faiths and see the similarities and differences between them. We also invite guest speakers and run workshops to give the children a better understanding of a different belief system which may not be practiced in their local community but which is significant in the Bristol area. Other opportunities to learn about different lives and cultures are provided through Art , Music, Drama and current events such as the Olympics and the World Cup.