Promoting British Values at Tang Hall
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.”
The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values have been reiterated in2014.
At Tang Hall Primary School we value the diverse ethnic backgrounds of all pupils and families and undertake a variety of events and lessons to celebrate these. We have found this approach to be enriching for all parties as it teaches tolerance and respect for the differences in our community and the wider world.
At Tang Hall these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Democracy is ubiquitous within the school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council and pupil questionnaires both within school and our locality. The elections of school councillors are based solely on pupil votes. Our school behaviour policy involves rewards, which the pupils are involved with choosing.
The Rule of Law
The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour. Through our PSHE curriculum 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, Fire Service etc. are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message.
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 safety, through provision of a safe environment and empowering education. 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 PSHE curriculum. Whether it be through choice of challenge, of how they record or by participating in our wider school community, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.
Part of our school rules and behaviour policy resolves around Core Values such as ‘Being kind and showing respect’. Pupils have been part of discussion related to what this means and how it is shown. Displays in each classroom and around the school promote this respect for every member of our school community.
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 involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE and PSHE. Members of different faiths or religions and those who speak languages other than English are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school.