British Values Link to Our School Values
At Steyning C of E Primary School there is a clear link between core British Values, our Christian Values and our School Values. Our school values are: Happy, Respect, Collaborative, Curious, Brave and Love. 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:
Our Vision expect us “to be empowered to change our own lives and the lives of those around us. We will be able to stand up and become responsible members of the community, making a difference.” In this way Democracy is a fundamental part of this aspect of our Vision. Our pupils are given many opportunities to hold positions of responsibility and to feel empowered in their school. Examples of this include:
- Children are annually involved in electing two members for the School Council (Years 1 – 6) and two members for the Eco Council (Years 1 – 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 are taught to present and discuss apposing ideas and concepts in Years 5 and 6.
- The School Council has the opportunity to make key choices e.g. which charity to raise money for. They are also given the role of reviewing the school’s Behaviour Policy.
- The importance of law is consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, whether that is the law that governs the class, the school or the country. 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 and 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 and the importance of rules to protect us.
- Children help to set fair rules for their class.
- As part of the curriculum, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment.
- 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.
Our Vision highlights our individual uniqueness says that “Together, we will continually strive to remove the barriers to success, fear of failure and widen horizons for all.” In this way we value each individually.
- 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 which include Lunchtime buddies, Collective Worship 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 worship.
- Within 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.
One of key values is ‘Respect’ and our Vision is to “provide a culture of mutual respect and acceptance with children moving onto their next venture with the skills and values to set them on the path to achieve their dreams.” Therefore:
- Pupil Premium is used to ensure children have access to academic support and enhanced provision of extra-curricular opportunities.
- In sports we ensure activities promote an attitude of equality and fairness.
- Our PSHE curriculum embodies values of mutual respect.
- Our buddy scheme 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.
- Collective Worship invites many Faith leaders from Christian denominations and World Faiths into school weekly, as well as themes that cover national and international events.
- We show our respect through our paired work in class.
- 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.
- Collective Worship 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 world 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.
- All our children have French teaching across the school and look at French culture.
- We have worked with artists to explore cultural themes and of self