The Department for Education sets 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.”
At Inkersall, British values are reinforced regularly. We do so by integrating British Values to our teaching as set out below.
This is a story which demonstrates how everyone has the power to make positive changes in the world in order to make a difference, no matter how small the act may be.
All our children know the story of the starfish, and we reflect regularly to discuss how we have made a positive difference in our school and community. One letter of the ‘starfish’ is used as a weekly focus for all our pupils and staff, to ensure everyone is seeing how important their role in being an effective member of the British society is.
At the beginning of each school year children affirm the school’s expectations and the rights and responsibilities associated with these. Every child and staff member takes responsibility for instilling these values into the school community.
Inkersall has a school council who are elected by their peers. Within class, children have a chance to write their own proposal and give a speech as to why they should be a class representative. The class then decide who will be best at representing them. Our children understand that being a member of the council comes with great responsibility and a commitment to giving their best to school life. Democracy is taught during assemblies and class-based PSHE sessions. Children regularly get opportunities to express their views in school through Pupil Voice interviews and questionnaires.
Rule of Law
The importance of laws, whether they are those that govern the class, the school or the country, is reinforced through the Inkersall curriculum. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind rules and laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves, and the consequences when laws are broken. Through our whole school approach, we enable children to develop the language and strategies to solve conflict and to right wrongs. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service help to reinforce this message.
At Inkersall, 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 our young pupils to make informed choices, through a safe environment and an empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand, and exercise their rights and personal freedoms. They are supported to exercise rights in safe and supportive environments, including during e-Safety and PSHE lessons.
Respect and responsibility are the key values that underpin curriculum delivery at Inkersall; and are integral to the way we support and care for each other, for the community and for the environment. We value the close, positive relationships between all adults and children, and see this as being key to enabling all children to access their learning, in a welcoming and safe environment.
Assemblies regularly cover the theme of ‘respect’, and pupils have been part of discussions related to what this means and how we show it. Children 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 respect. When a child does well, their achievements are celebrated so that others can learn from their positive attitude and hard work. Learning and effort are highly respected and the school maintains an overall focus on the development of a sense of worth and achievement in children.
Tolerance of other faiths and beliefs
The importance of mutual tolerance is developed by addressing pupils’ understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by educating them and giving them opportunities to experience different faiths and beliefs, be they similar or different to their own. We draw upon the rich cultural and social diversity within our school and use it to nurture our children and support positive relationship building within peer networks.