British Values at our School
At our school we aim for our children to show respect and tolerance towards people of different faiths, races and cultures which is important for living in modern Britain. All curriculum areas provide a vehicle for furthering understanding of these concepts and, in particular, our RE, PSHCE lessons provide excellent opportunities to deepen and develop understanding.
Below are some of the ways we promote British Values:
- Whole school –democratic processes for decisions, children voting for member of the school council and giving speeches, sch. Charity etc.
- Year 5/6 children take part in small school group debate at County Hall in the council chambers
- General elections are followed with older children so they understand the reasons for such elections.
- Voting for who gets to do different monitoring roles
- School Council are responsible for overseeing the suggestions boxes where children get to make our school a better place suggesting changes
- Crucial crew visit at Y5/6 looks at law through discussion with the police
- Junior leaders e.g. road safety officers, green team
- Huff and puff team where children lead activities at our school and with children from the Dales school.
- Huff and puff leaders choose a huff n puffer of the week and then present awards in Friday achievement assembly.
Rules of Law
- Clear behaviour system in place so children understand expectations of behaviour
- Each class produces the rules for their class which they all agree and sign
- Close relationships with the local police
- Different responsible groups within school promote the rules for their area e.g. huff and puff, Junior road safety officers.
Mutual Respect and Tolerance of Different Faiths/Beliefs
- Strong links with local churches
- North Yorkshire agreed programme for RE taught throughout school
- Use of collective worship and RE lessons help understand about different faiths
- Children nominate each other to represent their class each week
- Respect and tolerance modelled by all adults within school
- Strong links with other small schools in the Northallerton area including The Dales special school
- PSHCE curriculum includes understanding/acceptance of peoples differences
Mutual Respect and Tolerance
- Children demonstrate tolerance and respect for each other on a daily basis due to the differing needs of children within school
- Close links with The Dales Special School enables tolerance and respect of children with quite complex needs. Some children join our classes, some of our children join the Dales school 2 lunch times each week.
- Use of restorative practice questions when issues arise between children
- Effective buddy system where year 6 children buddy a Reception child and look after them during their first year in school.
- Purchase and reading of ‘First News’ newspaper for children enables them to learn about other children and the needs of others around the world whilst also providing excellent topics for discussion. E.g. terrorist attacks etc.
- PSHCE curriculum includes looking at the wants/needs and rights of a child
- Year 5/6 organise a summer fair where they make and sell produce to sell to others raising money for the school charity which the children choose each year.
- Children have freedom to be part of school decision such as choosing huff and puff equipment, prizes for collective worship, themes for collective worship.
- Children choose their school meal each day
- Children produce the school termly newsletter which is distributed to all parents and put on the school website.
- Royal celebrations are held at school e.g. the royal wedding, queen’s birthday etc.