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British Values
 
At Steyning C of E Primary School there is a clear link between core British Values, our Christian Values and our Learning values. Our school values are: Stickability, Teamwork, Adventurous, Responsibility, Resourcefulness and Thinking. At Steyning C of E Primary School we teach the importance of Core British Values both discretely and as part of all lessons and assemblies. We actively promote British Values and challenge members of the school community who express views which are contrary to them. The values of fundamental British Values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways: 

Democracy:

Our pupils are the focus of our school in all we do. They are given many opportunities to hold positions of responsibility and to feel empowered in their school.

  • Children are involved in democratic processes Annual election of two members of the School Council (Year 1 – Year 6) and annual election of two members of the Eco Council (Year 1 – Year 6)
  • We have held a Democracy week
  • Pupils have the opportunity to apply for posts e.g. Junior Librarians and Buddies (Application and interview process.)
  • The children write to politicians
  • Children debate topics and taught to present and discuss apposing ideas and concepts in Years 5 and 6 (upper KS2.)
  • The School Council has the opportunity to make key choices e.g. which chartity to raise money for, review the Behaviour Policy (this year the behaviour ladder was extended due to their review.)The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, 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.

The Rule of Law:

  • Visits from authorities such as the Police; Fire Service etc. are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message. 
  • Year 6 learn the rules of the road and road safety through ‘Bikeability’
  • Years 4, 5 & 6 learn First Aid, so they can learn safety and how to help others.
  • E-safety training and rules around internet usage.
  • We have E-Safety working party
  • Children are very clear about the consequences of breaking rules, the importance of rules to protect us as the behaviour policy is well established.
  • Children help to set fair rules for their class.
  • In the curriculum e.g. GreeksWithin 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 safety, through of provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advise how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and PSHE lessons. Whether it is through choice of challenge, of how they record, of participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.

Individual Liberty:

  • Our Mission Statement highlights our individual uniqueness
  • Pupils have key roles and responsibilities in the school. Specifically Year 6 who have time set aside each week to do things to benefit the school community. These include monitor roles; Lunchtime buddies, Assembly organizers, Worship welcomers, and Sports leaders
  • Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment.
  • Our Golden Rules are taught and enforced
  • We are an ‘Investor in Health School’.
  • Wide range of extra-curricular clubs Children regularly present and plan whole school assemblies and acts of worshipWithin our school there is a clear expectation by all staff and children to treat each other with respect and manners in all we do. This is frequently praised when our children go on school trips and tournaments and when we have visitors to our school.

Mutual Respect:

  • Pupil Premium used to ensure children have access to needed academic support and enhanced provision of extra-curricular opportunities.
  • Our Mission Statement
  • In sports we ensure activities promote an attitude of equality and fairness.
  • Our Positive Behaviour Policy. See our Behaviour Policy in the Policies section.
  • Our Special Educational Needs and Disability Policy
  • Our Pupil Premium Grant Plan
  • Our Single Equality Policy. See the Single Equality Policy in the Policies Section.
  • Our PSHE curriculum embodies values of mutual respect.
  • The use of buddy schemes promotes mutual respect between pupils across different phases in school.
  • Public acknowledgement of all awards and achievements of the pupils gained from both inside and outside school activities.
  • Assemblies cover national and international events.
  • We show our respect through our paired work in class and through other roles e.g. Yr6 welcomers at the start of acts of worship
  • Visits from outside agencies, e.g. Ker Malik Sarr, The Chestnut Tree, charities for disability and Mental Health
  • Class and school awards.

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:

  • This is achieved through enhancing pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE and PSHE.
  • Working with other children from other schools (Locality schools) through sporting events, singing events, gifted and talented days and curriculum links
  • Christianity underpins our RE teaching
  • We look at other faiths through our RE curriculum (Judaism, Hinduism, Islam and Sikhism)
  • The celebration of global events, national events and other faith religious festivals in assemblies and class reflections (Paralympics, Olympics, Diwali and other key events)
  • We make visits to places of worship
  • We invite leaders and worshipers of other faiths to visit
  • International project Weeks
  • Focus days; Chinese New Year and traditions
  • All our children have French teaching across the school and look at French culture
  • In the curriculum; e.g. Africa, Fire and Ice.