Teaching our children about the British Values of ‘mutual respect’
In our school we teach children to be respectful of each other and we believe that by learning about the differences and beliefs of others we will develop a greater understanding and tolerance. Our one school rule of 'RESPECT' supports this.
The government set out its definition of ‘British values’ in its Prevent Strategy. Schools are required to provide for the spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development of their pupils which we do readily. As part of this requirement, we are expected to actively promote fundamental British values. The government defines these as:
Our efforts to promote fundamental British values are designed to prepare children for life in modern Britain and we aim to help pupils understand; ‘the importance of combatting discrimination’, ‘how we can influence decision-making by taking part in democratic processes like voting’, ‘our freedom under British law to choose different faiths and beliefs’, ‘that the law is there to keep us safe’
We reinforce these regularly and in the following ways:
These aspects of learning are covered in numerous ways throughout the curriculum.
Spiritual development encourages pupils to be reflective about their own beliefs. It also involves learning about and respecting the beliefs of other people. Pupils have many opportunities to learn about the world around them throughout the curriculum. Spiritual Development also involves pupils using their imagination and creativity in their learning.
This is the ability to recognise the difference between right and wrong. Pupils are taught to recognise this and the consequences of their behaviour or actions. Children are encouraged to offer their own views in discussions but to also listen and appreciate the views of others.
This involves the ability to work and socialize with others. Pupils are encouraged to work co-operatively and to find ways to resolve disputes effectively with guidance when it is required. Children have many opportunities to meet and socialize with children from other schools at sporting events throughout the year, pupil workshops and transition days and cluster events.
Pupils have opportunities, throughout the curriculum, to learn about different cultures in the world as well as cultural influences from the past. For example, this can be through a History topic like the Romans or learning about Diwali in Religious Education.