In accordance with The Department for Education we aim to actively promote British values to ensure young people leave school prepared for life in modern Britain. Pupils are encouraged to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance and understand that while different people may hold different views about what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, all people living in England are subject to its law.
The Key Values are:
rule of law
tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
We aim to embed these values into our curriculum and incorporate them into all we do. We also acknowledge that there are close links between the key British Values and our own core school values of engagement, respect, independence and active learning.
We value the opinions of our pupils and we collect them in a variety of ways. The views of our pupils directly influence the journey that we are on together. We work hard to create learning environments where children are safe to disagree and can be confident in being heard. In September 2019 we are establishing a pupil wellbeing group that will have a key role in the development of this area of our curriculum.
The Rule of Law
Our curriculum provides opportunities for activities and visitors to support us in teaching the value and understanding of laws. These include links with the Fire Service and Community Police. Pupils are taught the importance of laws through assemblies, rules and through the school’s expectations of their behaviour and conduct. They learn about the importance of law in life beyond school. In 2019 we were visited by a representative from Parliament who taught us about the process of making new laws.
Pupils learn about and understand rights and personal freedoms. Our PSHE curriculum and E-safety lessons teach them to make choices that support them in keeping safe. Pupils are actively encouraged to make choices that affect their daily school lives, such as choosing the order of learning activities they tackle in class. The school provides an environment in which children can be empowered safely.
We aim to build an atmosphere of mutual respect. This is embedded in our assemblies and curriculum. Our core school value of respect is explicitly taught - the importance of caring for each other and the environment whilst appreciating each other’s differences.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Belief
We aim to develop knowledge to support the school in developing pupils’ understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society. We use assemblies, lesson time and visits to extend children’s knowledge and provide opportunities for them to experience diversity and challenge discrimination. This is even more important in a community such as Wookey that contains very little diversity.