The DfE have reinforced the 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.”
At Icknield Walk First School these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our Talking Circles and Pupil questionnaires. As well as individual class circle times and discussions.
The Rule of Law:
The importance of Laws and rules includes talking to children about those that we use in school and in our classrooms and laws that we have for our country. We especially focus on this through school assemblies, circle time and when dealing with pupil behaviour. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us.
Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make choices safely, through of provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are taught how to exercise their personal freedom safely for example through our E-Safety and PSHE lessons.
This is a key part of our school ethos. Our behaviour policy also revolves around the core value of ‘Respect’. Our pupils have been part of discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown. Our respect for others is reiterated through our classroom and learning rules, as well as expected behaviour. It is regarded as essential for all children and demonstrated clearly in the way in which year 4 carry out their SPOT jobs around the school.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:
This is achieved through enhancing pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Assemblies and discussions frequently involve these issues. Tolerance is a key theme followed and supported by learning in RE and PSHE.