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British Values

Introduction

In all that we do at Trumps Green Infant School , we seek to fully live up to the mission statement of our school community so that we enable all to achieve their best.

They will have the values and skills to succeed in, and contribute to, the diverse world in which they live’.

At Trumps Green, our vision is to create an excellent and inclusive school community where children are proud of their achievements and excel in their learning. This provides a secure foundation for our work ensuring the understanding and practice of British Values are embedded in every aspect of our school life. We have an obligation to ensure that our children learn about these values and that they practice them through the opportunities we offer at our school.

What we do and plan to do

At Trumps Green Infant School we uphold and teach pupils about British Values which are defined as:

· Democracy

· Rule of law

· Individual liberty

· Mutual respect

· Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

These values are taught explicitly through Personal, Social, Health and Emotional (PSHE), and Religious Education (RE). We also teach British Values through assemblies, planning and delivering a broad and balanced curriculum.

Democracy:

The school council is elected through a democratic process using class pupil votes. The school council gives every pupil a voice and supports the organisation of pupil surveys and questionnaires.

Throughout the curriculum, children are given opportunities to debate their ideas and thoughts and to use voting when making class decisions. This supports pupils to understand how citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process.

The Rule of Law:

The school rules are embedded into the values of Trumps Green. Pupils understand that the rules keep them safe and enable them to learn through a fair and consistent approach which ensures they successfully live and work together.

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.

All pupils agree behaviour expectations in class charters as part of our PSHE programme

To encourage and promote good behaviour, attitude and work, we have devised a behaviour policy which is consistently followed throughout the school. We are committed to praising children’s efforts. We endeavour to praise the children informally, individually, during group work, in front of the whole class and school assemblies. Children are rewarded not only for achievement in curriculum areas, but also for behaviour and demonstration of values. Rewards are given in the form of stickers, and certificates.

Individual Liberty:

Through our curriculum, our PSHE lessons and through our assemblies, children are supported to understand their personal rights and freedoms. Pupils are actively encouraged to make choices at our school, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment Children are encouraged to raise ideas and to contribute to the life of the school. The concept of ‘choice’ is thread through all curriculum areas as well as all behaviour-centred conversations. Within all stages of the school, children are encouraged to make effective choices regarding challenge, how they record or communicate learning, participation in extra-curricular clubs and opportunities and the personal interest they share in school.

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 PHSE education.

Trumps Green Infant School has a robust anti-bullying culture and has in place a comprehensive Behaviour Policy, which has at its heart the freedom of all students to learn and grow safely.

Mutual Respect:

Respect underpins all that we do at Trumps Green. It is truly embedded into the curriculum and the ethos of the school. We insist that all pupils, teachers, non-teaching staff and visitors to our school are treated with dignity and respect. This is expressed by all demonstrating good manners and fostering positive and professional relationships. Pupils learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with courtesy and respect and these values underpin all teaching and learning and all relationships in our school.

Our Jigsaw PSHE curriculum revolves around respecting ourselves, respecting others and respecting our community. Additional ELSA support is given to individual children to help develop self – esteem and the concept of respect.

Tolerance of Those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:

Trumps Green Infant school is committed to ensuring that children understand the cultures, faiths and beliefs of their friends and neighbours.

We all children learn about a range of different religious beliefs in our religious education lessons and assemblies. Beliefs, traditions and customs are studied and celebrated, reinforcing a deep understanding of British tolerance and acceptance of all cultures.