British Values at Rockingham Junior and Infant School
The DfE (Department for Education) have recently reinforced 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 Rockingham Junior and Infant School, we promote these fundamental British values at all times:
Children have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. We have a new school council which meets regularly with Mrs Tunks to discuss ways of making our school even better. School councillors are voted for by the children in their class. Each child who is interested in standing as a school councillor writes a manifesto and shares this with the other children. A secret ballot is held and voting takes places.
THE RULE OF LAW
The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced every day, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. 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. Children have the opportunity to help shape the rules of the school and to be involved in restorative justice when these are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service as well as visits to crucial crew in year 6 help reinforce this message. Visits from the local Police Community Support Officer (PCSO)are built into the curriculum.
Within school, 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 young pupils to make choices safely, through provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely.
Mutual respect is at the heart of our values. 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.
TOLERANCE OF THOSE OF DIFFERENT FAITHS AND BELIEFS
Rockingham Junior and Infant School is situated in an area which is not culturally diverse, therefore we place a great emphasis on promoting diversity with the children. This is addressed through the RE curriculum and PSHCE as well as through our learning journeys where appropriate. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school.