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WHAT ARE BRITISH VALUES?

British Values are:

  • Democracy
  • The rule of Law
  • Individual Liberty
  • Mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths or beliefs and also of those without faiths or beliefs

How do we encourage British Values here at the school?

DEMOCRACY 

In a democratic system anyone can be voted in as the leader. We can choose a person who we believe will make the best choices for us as a group. People can also support, oppose and draw attention to things they would like the leaders to change through campaigns and demonstration. In this way we hope that the majority get to make an agreed decision.

We believe this system to be one of fairness and encourage our students to voice their own opinions (however loud that may be!) but we also teach them that a democratic system means having to accept decisions made by the majority. This can sometimes be a very hard lesson to learn, especially for SEN children, but we hope they come to understand why we feel this system is one of the fairest. ​

 

THE RULE OF LAW

The rule of law means that we have rules and laws in Britain that we hope make our country a fairer and safer place to live.  We teach our children where these laws came from and also why we have particular laws. We enable students to acquire a broad general knowledge of and respect for public institutions and services in our own country, and encourage them to look at other places in the world which have different laws. We discuss what it might be like to live in these countries and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of particular countries set of laws. 

 

INDIVIDUAL LIBERTY

Individual liberty means that we are free to choose our own paths in life; to have our own beliefs, our own sexuality, and our own ideas and to hold our own political views. We encourage our students to appreciate how lucky they are to have these liberties and teach them to respect other people's choices.

We help students develop self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence through individual liberty and hope we can help them to make informed choices.

 

MUTUAL RESPECT

We create and encourage tolerance of different cultures and traditions by teaching them about other countries and their individual cultures. We encourage them to learn about different world religions and political systems now and through history.

We encourage our students to accept responsibility for their own behaviours and enable our students to distinguish right and wrong. We hope to help them to show initiative and to understand how they can contribute positively to society and the world at large.

How do we encourage British Values in our lessons?

MATHS

In studying maths we teach the pupils about its origins and in particular that mathematics is not the result of one individual or culture, but has come about as result of many cultures developing it across the world and sharing what they have discovered. We learn that without acceptance, tolerance or mutual respect for other cultures mathematics as we know it would not exist.

Another way in which British Values are represented is that generally we learn about 'the rule of law'; for every question or formula there is generally a correct or right answer. This is inescapable and true in the world of maths which is one way for pupils to understand this concept.

ARTS AWARD

Arts Award is all about learning a new skill and then passing on or sharing that skill with another, so what better way to express British Values then through this subject! Arts Awards requires students to study other artists’ skills, techniques and output, which means looking at artists from across the world, a great way for students to truly appreciate other cultures and beliefs through the medium of art.

SCIENCE

Science is a broad subject built on the contributions of many people from multiple cultures throughout history. We learn that these ideas were not always developed independently but have come about by the sharing of knowledge, and that there would/will be no progress in science without collaboration and tolerance.

In lessons we discuss our own thoughts and ideas about scientific topics. We encourage open debate with one of our sayings being 'No question is a silly question'. 

When it comes to our experiments it is very important for our children to follow strict rules to ensure their safety and also provide accurate results.  

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Sports, is often seen as the epitome of rules; without them it just doesn't work! Our sports games and activities have to follow the rules to ensure safety, fairness and turn taking.

Pupils learn the key rules for different games and often democratically make up rules for games that are played. This is done to show creativity and to adapt a game so that all pupils regardless of their disability can take part. This also demonstrates tolerance and respect as the students learn to be aware of the differences between themselves and others, their strengths and their weaknesses and how to work as part of a team in order to succeed.

Students are encouraged to show good sportsmanship and learn to be gracious in defeat. They learn to be good role models to others e.g “Captain of the Team” “Ambassadors of the School”.

PSHCE

In PSHCE we study citizenship (it's what the C in PSHCE stands for!). We teach our pupils to understand their personal rights and freedoms and also how our democracy differs to other countries. We take part in class votes, pupil questionnaires and pupil councils. We have looked at topics including:

  • Anti-homophobia
  • Equal rights and human rights
  • E-Safety
  • Law

 

ENGLISH 

Many of the books we study cover the themes of tolerance, mutual respect and democracy. We purposely don’t just study books by British authors and have prided ourselves in this.

English is a great way to deeply study the motivations of others and studied how others think through poetry, songs and languages from other cultures, and looked at the meanings behind such concepts as liberty, democracy and tolerance in many books

 

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

We have regular assemblies to learn about and to celebrated many different cultural festivals from around the world including the Buddhist festival of light, Ramadan, Chinese New Year. We look at many other cultures and study deeply the beliefs of many of the world's religions

 

BRITISH VALUES IN HISTORY & GEOGRAPHY

We look at and analyse events in the UK and World history, such as both world wars in which British Values were severely tested. We looked at how different cultures worked together then and how different cultures work together today to make the world a nicer place.