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Durdan's Park Primary School

British values

Promoting British Values

At Durdan’s Park Primary School we believe that our existing principles, ethos, missions statement, policies, practices and curriculum, all reflect, promote and reinforce ‘fundamental British Values’, values as stated by Department of Education and Science (DfE) and Ofsted.

These values are:

  • Democracy
  • Rule of Law
  • Individual Liberty
  • Mutual Respect
  • Tolerance of different Faiths and Beliefs

 We believe that these fundamental British Values are already implicitly and explicitly embedded in our practices and beliefs.  We stimulate discussion, reflection and action about these values via: daily interactions, spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) education, circle time, personal, social, health education (PSHE), religious education, charitable work, visits and other means.

1) British Value – Democracy

Definition:  To have a ‘voice’, to be able to ‘vote’ and to be able to make decisions about things that affect us

Article: Article 12 (Respect for the views of the child). Every child has the right to say what they think in all matters affecting them, and to have their views taken seriously.

What does it look like at Durdan’s Park Primary School:

  • As part of SMSC, PSED, PSHE (Ealing Scheme of Work), SEAL and other areas of learning we develop children’s self-confidence and self-awareness from the start.  We encourage pupils to talk about their feelings, that of others, to vote (e.g. hands up) on things they like/dislike, want/don’t want.
  • Adults plan activities that encourage turn taking, sharing and collaboration e.g. playing games and building something.
  • Adults encourage and try to create a climate in which children are not afraid to ask questions and explore solutions to problems.
  • Surveys and questionnaires are used to gather pupils and parents views.
  • Children are given opportunities to negotiate the class rules.
  • Children are given opportunities to evaluate their work, events and activities.
  • Through Assessment for Learning strategies (AfL) pupils negotiate success criteria and self/peer mark their own and other children’s work.

2) British Value – Rule of Law

Definition: Jointly made rules that everyone obeys to protect all who live in a society.  This allows everyone to feel safe, secure and happy

Article: Article 19 (protection from all forms of violence). Governments must do all they can to ensure that children are protected from all forms of violence, abuse, neglect and bad treatment by their parents or anyone else who looks after them.

What does it look like at Durdan’s Park Primary School:

  • Rights and Respecting Steering group
  • School Council
  • Assemblies
  • Through children’s rights
  • The adults encourage the children to think about their behaviour and its impact on others. To understand right from wrong.  To look for solution to problems/issues.
  • The adults use the curriculum, books, assemblies, special events, trips, speakers and festivals to teach values such as loyalty, fairness, honesty, safety and teamwork.
  • The adults invite the police, fire service, nurse, charities, theatre groups and other visitors to explore issues such as health and safety, rights and responsibilities.
  • The children negotiate and revisit class/school rules regularly.
  • The children are taught to understand and follow our Positive Behaviour Management policy.  Team points, class rewards systems, golden time, learning contract, celebration assemblies and stickers all aim to increase pupils understanding of appropriate and inappropriate behaviour and rewards and sanctions.

3) British Value – Individual Liberty

Definition:  Rights and Responsibilities.

To know that in a democracy everyone has rights but equally individuals have a responsibility to not exercise their rights at the expense of someone else

Article 31 (leisure, play and culture). Every child has the right to relax, play and take part in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities

Articles 15 (freedom of association).  Every child has the right to meet with other children and to join groups and organisations, as long as this does not stop other people from enjoying their rights.

What does it look like at Durdan’s Park Primary School:

Through the curriculum (PSE, Understanding of the World, PSHE, E-Safety, Collective worship and circle time) our behaviour policy and our everyday interactions, the adults plan activities and encourage the children to:

  • Develop a positive sense of themselves
  • Take risks e.g. climb, cycle, mix paint and make mistakes
  • Have confidence in their own ability
  • Talk about their feelings and understand that their views may differ from others, e.g. fears about going into a new year group
  • Keep themselves and others safe
  • Look after their environment
  • Actively participate in Anti-bullying week
  • Children are taught about the United Nations convention on the rights of the Child and learn to respect their rights and the rights of others.

4) British Value – Mutual Respect

Definition:  Treating others as you would like to be treated

Article 2 (without discrimination). The Convention applies to everyone: whatever their ethnicity, gender, religion, abilities, whatever they think or say, whatever type of family they come from.

Article 30 (children of minorities). Every child has the right to learn and use the language, customs and religion of their family, whether or not these are shared by the majority of the people in the country where they live.

What does it look like at Durdan’s Park Primary School:

We believe that mutual respect is an essential part of a diverse community such as ours.  We use books, displays, posters, policies and celebration of key festivals to visibly represent our commitment to this value.  However, we are also proactive in ensuring that it is embedded throughout the school and that:

  • Respect is a core value of our class and school rules
  • The curriculum, e.g. PSHE, PSED, RE and collective worship, helps to embed inclusivity and tolerance of different types of families, faiths, races and communities etc.
  • Adults are positive role models and that they use language, behaviour and resources and plan activities that promote sharing, respect and tolerance.
  • Adults challenge gender, racial or any other forms of stereotyping.
  • Children are taught to respect their rights and the rights of others.

5) British Value – Tolerance of Different Faiths and Beliefs

Definition:  Understanding and Respect of differences

Article: Article 4 (protection of rights). Governments must do all they can to make sure every child can enjoy their rights

What does it look like at Durdan’s Park Primary School:

We provide a range of opportunities for pupils, parents and the rest of the school community to think about and celebrate the different religious festivals.  For example, we organise:

  • Social events related to Christmas, Ramadan and Eid
  • Visits to different places of worship
  • Speakers to talk about their faiths.
  • RE Curriculum Ealing agreed syllabus

We also ensure that the curriculum and the teaching of RE and collective worship also promotes tolerance of different faiths, beliefs and no beliefs.

Children are taught to respect their rights and the rights of others.